A ride at a German theme park was scuttled this week over objections it resembled flying swastikas, the New York Times reports. Called Eagle's Flight, the attraction had two sets of four cars, each joined at right angles, which some said resembled the infamous Nazi symbol. "First of all, I would like to emphasize that I would like to apologize ... to all persons who feel disturbed and insulted by our design," said Rüdiger Braun, owner of the theme park in the southern town of Löffingen, per Deutsche Welle. He said the ride will be remade into three-car sets. "Then we will have this problem under control."
The ride drew a mix of outrage and tasteless jokes on social media earlier this month. "Goebbels approves," wrote one Reddit user. But Germany, which forbids Nazi symbols in public, is experiencing a tense moment after taking in over a million migrants and seeing a rise in anti-Semitic crime. In June, a center-right politician was assassinated, apparently by far-right extremists. "Why are the people of my country not flooding to the streets in disgust?" a columnist asked, per the Guardian. Into this fray came the theme park ride, which was promoted innocently in an Aug. 2 Facebook post. "Let yourself be surprised!" wrote park management. (Read more Germany stories.)