German post admits neo-Nazis put Hess on stamp

German post admits neo-Nazis put Hess on stamp
Hess (l) and Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927. Photo: DPA
Far-right sympathizers in Germany have managed to get around 20 stamps printed bearing the image of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party deputy Rudolf Hess, Deutsche Post said on Thursday.

The embarrassing slip-up follows the introduction in February of an Internet service allowing Germans to handpick images to be printed on stamps that are then sent to them, spokesman Dirk Klasen said.

Normally the choices are thoroughly vetted so that pornographic or other offensive images do not enter circulation.

“But when it came to the one with Hess, there was a problem,” Klasen said.

Hess parachuted into Britain in 1941 and was kept prisoner for the remainder of World War II before being sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg trials in 1946.

He committed suicide at Spandau prison in Berlin in 1987 aged 93.