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German office urges Hsinchu salon to remove 'Nazi swastika' door sign

2018/09/18 12:53:03

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Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The German Institute Taipei has called on a hair salon in Hsinchu to take down a door sign that the office says looks like the Nazi swastika.

In a statement Tuesday, the de facto German embassy in Taiwan said using Nazi symbols for commercial purposes is a despicable act and an offense against the victims of the Holocaust.

"We call upon the owner of the shop to immediately remove those Nazi signs," the office said.

The statement came after the office learned that the hair salon in Hsinchu, named Berlin, bore a sign on the front that looked like the Nazi swastika.

The owner of the salon, known only by the surname Hsu (徐), told the local media Monday that the sign was not based on a Nazi symbol but rather was a design that represented four razors and was not related to the Nazis or any historical events.

The salon is not decorated with any Nazi themes either, Hsu added.

He said he had already removed all the images of the sign on the salon's Facebook page following complaints but did not have the funds to remove the actual sign on the front of the business at this time.

When he gets enough money, Hsu said, he will have someone redesign the logo and will replace the current one.

(By Joseph Yeh)