Oops. Google’s bad. It made the unpardonable mistake of allowing Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin to be called by its politically incorrect former name – Adolf-Hitler-Platz. The name appeared ever so briefly on Google Maps.
“We were made aware of a false and inappropriate street name on Google Maps and corrected it immediately,” Lena Wagner, a spokeswoman for Google’s German unit, told the AFP. “We apologize for this mistake.”
AFP hinted the mistake may have been the work of hackers. Pranksters once made Cologne’s famous cathedral disappear from the popular online map website.
The Berlin city square is presently named after the first federal president of Germany, Theodor Heuss. In 1933, the name was changed from its original name of Reichskanzlerplatz to Adolf-Hitler-Platz as dictated by plans for the Welthauptstadt Germania (or World Capital Germania) by Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer. Naming the square after another infamous fascist, Italy’s Benito Mussolini, was also tossed around.
Germany’s postwar historical revisionism is part of the country’s “constitutional tradition of militant democracy,” which acts “against those who would use their liberties to undermine the democratic order,” according to Russell Miller, co-editor-in-chief of the German Law Journal.
Hitler and Speer should have named the square after Hitler’s benefactors on Wall Street, the Bush crime family, the industrialist I.G. Farben, General Electric, Standard Oil, Henry Ford, International Telephone and Telegraph, the Rockefeller-controlled Vacuum Oil Company, and other transnationals and banksters who made the Nazi nightmare possible.
Of course, that wouldn’t fit on a sign.