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Things are getting too serious over there for people simply to shrug and say wryly Germans will be Germans, and BASF AG has finally agreed to remove a statue with a quotation from Adolf Hitler on its base after years of protests from artists and gypsy groups: the Knoll AG subsidiary said it would pull down the statue of two men marching that stood in the town of Fussghnheim in Rheinland Palatinate; the quote from Hitler says If we want to survive as a community then we have to overcome everything that divides; the statue was first erected in 1935 in front of Knoll’s headquarters building for the company’s 50th anniversary, Reuter reports, and was removed in the 1970s after earlier protests but was re-erected in 1986 on public land by a local cultural association, which borrowed the statue.

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