Donald Duck Causes Holocaust Controversy in Germany — Trouble in Duckburg?

"Holocaust" has been blacked out of printed editions with a marker.

This is an unusual story.  Apparently, a Donald Duck comic released back in 1972 had the word “holocaust” in it.  The word was used at the end of a speech as an exclamation.  In the 1972 version by illustrator Carl Banks, the word was meant to mean an explosion or big fire.  However, a recent German Mickey Mouse and Company Comic featured the same scene, but the shouting of “Holocaust” at the end did not get taken quite the way it did in America in 1972.

In the comic, a duck character is addressing the brigade in the fictional town of Duckburg, where the famous Disney character Donald Duck hails from.  At the end of a rousing and inspirational speech, the duck character shouts “Holocaust.”  In the scheme of the new situation, it would have been more appropriate for him to shout “Congratulations” or mainly anything but “Holocaust!” in a comic to be released in Germany.  Publishers recalled the magazine when they realized their mistake.  They blacked out the word in printed versions and arranged for a new edition with the correct text to come out later.

That’s an awful lots of coincidences isn’t it?

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