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Google regrets renaming plaza for Hitler

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

The Mountain View–based company apologized Jan. 10 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 and plaza 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, “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.” — jta


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