Berlin - (Associated Mess): A consignment of Nazi-saluting Santa Claus figurines that gave offence to countless local citizens has been saved from the ignominies of the industrial incinerator after a canny Texan tourist spied an unusual festive business opportunity and bagged the whole lot.
The Hitler Santas were part of a nostalgia collection belonging to former relatives of the late Queen Mother and were on sale in German retail outlets in the vicinity of the former Berlin Wall.
A spate of complaints saw them taken off the shelves and tossed in a skip from which they were rescued by the unnamed holidaymaker who has now shipped them home to Crawford, Texas.
His spokesman told the press that "There is an unusually fertile market in this part of the Loan Star State for seasonal nostalgia.
"We have had a number of wholesale enquiries about the consignment. Apparently one Crawford resident has been so taken by our festive rescue that he has made us an offer for the whole lot - as an early Xmas present for some of his Global Peace Process outreach workers currently on active duties in the Land of the Infidel."