via The Fresno Bee:
When the Very Rev. Ryan Newman bought the pillow on walmart.com in November, he could see it featured large images of a bicycle and the Eiffel Tower, and the word “Paris.” What he didn’t see were Nazi party seals with swastikas, along with Hitler’s face on postage stamps with the German word “Reich” – referring to the Third Reich, the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 – on the top near the pillow’s seams. The images cover several inches on each side.
Newman said he was dumbfounded, and then angry and upset.
“To me this is a symbol of hate,” he said. “This is a symbol of evil.”
A Walmart spokeswoman provided the following statement:
“This pillow was listed by a third-party seller on our online marketplace and is in violation of our policy. We regularly scan our marketplace for these types of items, but, unfortunately, the offensive image wasn’t visible on the pillow’s photo and we were not aware of it until the customer reached out. We removed the item immediately and are reviewing the seller’s assortment.”
A commenter on boingboing thinks it’s most likely that..
Like 99% of the items sold through Wal-Mart’s third-party marketplace, the design was most likely slapped together in a Chinese factory from clip-art and images found on Wikipedia. Some poor guy with a copy of Corel Draw was told he had fifteen minutes to crank out a pillowcase with stamps and watermarks on it and thought nothing of one from German.
At any rate, the lesson is: Always check your Walmart march for vaguely concealed pro-Hitler imagery.