Russian WWII Tribute Posters Mistakenly Printed With Nazi Soldiers
A publishing house in the Russian city of Perm has illustrated WWII tribute posters with images of Nazi instead of Russian soldiers. The illustrations, which were downloaded from the internet have sparked outage with Alexander Sergeyev, chairman of the Perm region veterans' committee, telling a TV channel, "This is simply blasphemy".
The poster prominently shows a Wehrmacht soldier with another layer showing Nazi soldiers around a tank. They were meant to be distributed ahead of the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany on May 9, a day of great patriotic significance for the Russian people.
The whole affair was a complete comedy of errors with at first, the young designers at the Perm Book Publishing House failing to differentiate between Nazi and Red Army soldiers. However, the designs were meant to be inspected by the Perm region veterans' committee before being printed but the reviewer failed to notice the Nazi soldiers due to poor eyesight. The posters were then printed and displayed in schools and government buildings where the drastic error was finally noticed.