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German Firm Apologizes for Contraceptive with Anti-Foreigner Message

This may have been the first time the birth process was termed "immigration."
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The German firm R&S has apologized for producing condoms marked with an offensive message which were being used by a far-right party in its campaign against immigrant births, the Gurdian reported.

The male contraceptives, ordered by the youth wing of the National Democratic party (NPD), came in black boxes marked: “For foreigners and certain Germans.” They were sent to lawmakers to protest “unchecked immigration.”

This may have been the first time the birth process was termed “immigration.”

In a country where the Nazi party once imposed controls on marriages between Germans and “certain Germans,” such efforts, understandably, border on the illegal.

The condoms were accompanied by a letter, telling lawmakers: “We are protesting against unchecked immigration and the resulting population change in our country.”

The letter added: “You are failing to provide the foundations for a family policy which will halt the demographic catastrophe facing our people.”

Volker Beck, a member of parliament from Germany’s Green party, complained to the maker of the condoms.

R&S apologized and pledged to donate 10,000 condoms as well as the proceeds from the NPD order to a German foundation against right wing extremism and antisemitism.

“We are very sorry that this major error happened and that our condoms were connected to such propaganda,” the R&S head Axel Roth said in a statement. “We should have been more careful when checking the printed material.”

Any organization out there interested in receiving 10,000 German contraceptives?

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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