September 5, 2003
rails German minister
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GERMANY has protested to Italy
over a winery that labels its bottles with
portraits of Adolf Hitler, the Justice
Ministry said Friday.
Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries
recently wrote to her Italian counterpart to say
the labels are "contemptible and tasteless" and
asked him to see what could be done against them,
spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz said.
wine is available legally in Italy, where it can
also be purchased on the Internet, Ms Wirtz
said. Its sale is illegal in Germany, where
products bearing images or slogans from the Nazi
era are outlawed.
Still, Bavaria state said it was opening an
investigation to see if any of the bottles had
crossed the border.
Ms Zypries, in her letter to Italian Justice
Minister Roberto Castelli, expressed hope
that Italy would act as part of common European
efforts to fight racism and xenophobia.
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