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Biathlon Guests Offered Nazi Newspapers

Embarrassed Siberians blame language differences
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2011 3:42 AM CST

(Newser) – Organizers of the 2011 World Biathlon Championships in Siberia had the charming idea of placing a selection of old newspapers among the hors d'oeuvres at a media reception. One small problem: the selection included Nazi-era German newspapers. "Reich Chancellor Hitler," read one headline from the Joseph Goebbels-founded propaganda paper Der Angriff. "The Invasion Has Begun," read another. Embarrassed biathlon officials apologized profusely, saying the designer responsible had picked the Nazi papers by mistake, Der Spiegel reports. (Read more Nazi Germany stories.)

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