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A German father started an online petition to stop the sale of Nazi toy soldiers to Amazon, the BBC reported Tuesday. Manuel Hegel's petition says the toys "represent officers, soldiers etc of the Waffen-SS and thereby trivialize National Socialism."
The toys, sold by German firm CustomBricks, are reminiscent of Lego's toys in their style of design, the BBC reported. But according to Lego, CustomBricks does not act according to the values the Danish company represents. Lego's statement states that the company "does not support the product in any way or way — on the contrary."
CustomBricks also sells toy soldiers and vehicles designed in the spirit of World War II and the Allies. The company's Amazon page says the product is not suitable for children under the age of 7, and parental supervision is required when using it.
German law prohibits the use of Nazi symbols. The penalties for the use of Nazi symbols range from high fines to imprisonment.
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