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German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:51 am

I'm sorry, but this just cracked me up Big grin If this isn't ironic, I don't know what is:

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German newspaper apologises for gas advert in Auschwitz article
Updated: 07/Feb/2006 18:07

A German regional newspaper has issued an apology for publishing an advertisement for the "gas of tomorrow" on the same page as a story on the killing of Sinti people at the Auschwitz death camp.

The Landeszeitung Lueneburg said its editors had failed to notice that the bright red advert for a utility company entitled "Today, E.ON is taking care of the gas of tomorrow" was placed within an article about an exhibition recounting the death of the Sinti in the Nazis’ most infamous camp.

“The linking of the subject of genocide in Auschwitz with this
advertisement was neither intended nor was it shrugged off. Unfortunately, it was a complete oversight," the paper said in the apology published on Tuesday on its website.

The paper said it had sent letters of apology to the Central Council of Sinti and Roma in Germany, the Central Council of Jews in Germany as well as to other victims’ groups and to E.ON.

The Nazis killed an estimated half a million Sinti and Roma, often by gassing.

http://www.ejpress.org/article/news/5673

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:56 am

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That is just rubbish. People are to sensitive. It's just a commercial. If you put it in relation you're just stupid.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:58 am

Quoting Jush (Reply 1):
That is just rubbish. People are to sensitive. It's just a commercial. If you put it in relation you're just stupid

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:00 am

Quoting Jush (Reply 1):
That is just rubbish. People are to sensitive. It's just a commercial. If you put it in relation you're just stupid.

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Agreed, put it on Headlines with Leno and be done with it.

If it had been an add for Raid.....then be offended.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:05 am

It is a very, very unfortunate placement... and acidly ironic at the same time...
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:12 am

But very funny at the same time
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:36 am

It has to be an innocent mistake. Advertising and copy are usually two different departments, although proof reading should have spotted it.

The guys who compose the stories and the people who build the pages are often not even in the same building. With computerisation it could even have been a machine which inserted a suitable size block into a space on the page.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:37 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 6):
Advertising and copy are usually two different departments, although proof reading should have spotted it.

Correct. It was appropriate to apologise, but I guess those things happen.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:27 am

That's hilarious. Sometimes you just have to be able to laugh.

My Romany wife lost a lot of her Sinti/Roma famliy in Auschwitz, and I'm Jewish; but that is just funny (we both agree).
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:23 pm

This is the page in quesion:

 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:36 pm

It's not that big a deal, but the apology doesn't hurt anyone, and was probably a good idea.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:46 pm

Thats a BIIIIG oversight. The other week over here in england a plane took off from were i take flying lessons and crashed and sadly the pilot and passenger died, and the story appeared 1st page of the local newspaper but guess what add was next to it! A ad for the flying school i go to saying in large letters " Learn To Fly With Us"
Oversight or what.
Also another one of these happened recently, a guy came out of a local nightclub completely drunk and decided to walk home, he then walked a couple of miles till he fell in the river and sadly drowned and in the paper next to the story was the local swimming pool's monthly swimming lesson ad.
So it looks like newspapers do this often.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:45 pm

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 11):
Also another one of these happened recently, a guy came out of a local nightclub completely drunk and decided to walk home, he then walked a couple of miles till he fell in the river and sadly drowned and in the paper next to the story was the local swimming pool's monthly swimming lesson ad.

Now that's funny!
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:49 pm

I´m not intending to offend anyone, and I think it was a wise thing to apoplogize, however to my best knowledge we are talking about very different kinds of "gas" here.
The one "e.on" is intending to pipe through the pipeline is natural gas (which can be deadly when inhaled).
In Auschwitz there were tailormade, synthetic gasses in use (derived from solids), with "Zyklon B" being the more commonly known one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyklon_B

Q: Would there have been any reaction if the ad would have been for a company selling nitrogen (also a deadly gas, depending on concentration) ?
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:53 pm

It would not have mattered, which gas was involved - a headline "From Luneburg to Auschwitz - exhibition on the fate of the Sinti during National Socialism" and an advert slogan "E.on already today takes care of the gas for tomorrow" just don't go together very well.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 13):

The little word "Gas" was the key here. No one would have feeled the need to apologise if the advert was mentioning "tomorows energy".
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:57 am

When I was in Prague last year, in the jewish quarter there was a big ad saying:

"GAS - Keep it simple".

Seemed kinda odd to me, too  Smile
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:14 am

Quoting HT (Reply 13):
I´m not intending to offend anyone, and I think it was a wise thing to apoplogize, however to my best knowledge we are talking about very different kinds of "gas" here.
The one "e.on" is intending to pipe through the pipeline is natural gas (which can be deadly when inhaled).
In Auschwitz there were tailormade, synthetic gasses in use (derived from solids), with "Zyklon B" being the more commonly known one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyklon_B

Q: Would there have been any reaction if the ad would have been for a company selling nitrogen (also a deadly gas, depending on concentration) ?
-HT

Sorry but your complete reply is rubbish. To make it dependent from the gas which was used? Sorry that is utter bull. I think if it will offend anyone than it's just because of a gas ad and noone who is offended will care about that fact.

Apologizing is ok i my opinion although i wouldn't do it. But apologizing even for nothing doesn't hurt anyone.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:06 am

Right, that's it! Let's burn down all BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Opel show rooms, destroy German embassies, throw out sauerkraut and pork knuckles, destroy Siemens mobile phones....

Sorry just had to... Big grin Big grin Big grin

The ad is just an unfortunate coincidence and it is very fair of the paper to issue an apology just in case. At the same time, a funny coincidence!
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:15 am

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 18):
destroy Siemens mobile phones....

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:24 am

Just a question, what was used to kill the people was not what we think of as "gas" but rather chemical pellets which released a deadly vapour when exposed to air. Is this correct?
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Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:25 am

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 20):
Just a question, what was used to kill the people was not what we think of as "gas" but rather chemical pellets which released a deadly vapour when exposed to air. Is this correct?

That's correct. Zyklon B was a cyanide-based insecticide that was impregnated onto small (pea-size) pellets which were stored in cans.

In some countries, Zyklon B, though under a different trademark, is still used for pest control.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:33 am

Well isn't Zyclone B just HNC ingaseous form? I mean it's not an aerosole or anything?
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:46 am

As far as I know it's indeed a gas, but of course very different from the hydrocarbon gas we're burning for heating or cooking.
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting Agill (Reply 22):
Well isn't Zyclone B just HNC ingaseous form?

It's HCN (hydrogen cyanide) not HNC, yes.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:51 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 24):

It's HCN (hydrogen cyanide) not HNC, yes.

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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:28 am

The irony goes deeper. Zyclon b was mainly produced by two companies. I.G. Farben and Degussa. Today, Degussa is the chemical arm of E On.
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:51 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 11):
Also another one of these happened recently, a guy came out of a local nightclub completely drunk and decided to walk home, he then walked a couple of miles till he fell in the river and sadly drowned and in the paper next to the story was the local swimming pool's monthly swimming lesson ad.

Almost as ironic as The Harold Holt Memorial Swim Centre is suburban Melbourne. Harold Holt is an ex-prime minister who drowned.
 
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RE: German News Ad For Gas Next To Auschwitz Article

Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:18 am

Yes, I remember that now. The chemical was called Zyklon B and was produced by the "Degauss" company. There was a story about a man who's dentist wanted to use a product on his teeth made by this company and he refused because I knew that name and what the company's products had done to his family.
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