German theme park forced to shut down new ride resembling spinning swastikas

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German theme park forced to shut down new ride resembling spinning swastikas

The park, Tatzmania, opened a few weeks ago in Löffingen

A ride at Tatzmania, a new theme park in southwest Germany (Credit: YouTube)
A ride at Tatzmania, a new theme park in southwest Germany (Credit: YouTube)

A theme park in southwest Germany’s Black Forest is redesigning a new ride after an online video revealed that it resembled spinning swastikas.

The park, Tatzmania, opened a few weeks ago in Löffingen. The ride in question, the “Adlerflug,” or “Eagle Flyer,” features four crooked arms with gondolas.

A park spokesperson told the Vienna-based newspaper Der Standard that staff did not notice the resemblance to the Nazi symbol until critics pointed it out with the online video, which was shared on Reddit with commentary in Dutch.

It is illegal in Germany to intentionally display Nazi symbols.

The ride was manufactured by an Italian company, which reportedly will be reworking the design.

The park spokesperson would not comment on how much the ride had cost. The cost of converting it reportedly will be split between the manufacturer and the park owners.

According to Der Standard, the amusement park director, Rüdiger Braun, wants to have the four-prongs changed to three.

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