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Google apologizes for having Adolf Hitler Square on maps function

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January 13, 2014 | 12:46 pm

German's removing Nazi street signs in 1946

German's removing Nazi street signs in 1946

Google apologized for labeling a Berlin intersection as Adolf-Hitler-Platz, its Nazi-era name, on Google Maps.

The company apologized on Friday upon being made aware of the error, which apparently was edited in by users of its Map Maker function. The Nazi-era name was available on the map for about a day.

Today the intersection is known as Theodor-Heuss-Platz for West Germany’s first post-World War II president, according to The Associated Press.

Google said in a statement that “the change in the street name was mistakenly approved, and we fixed it as soon as we were made aware.” The statement added, “We apologize for any offense caused.”

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