May 31: Donald Duck has become embroiled in controversy after one of his colleagues in his hometown of Duckburg shouted “Holocaust!” owing to a printing error in the German edition of a Mickey Mouse comic.
In the story a duck-like cartoon character rounds off an address to the Duckburg fire brigade with the word “Holocaust” instead of the intended “Congratulations”. Once the mistake had been realised Egmont Ehapa, the publishers, recalled the magazine, blacking out the unwanted word by hand, while a new and corrected edition of the comic will come out later this week.
But the word “Holocaust” was used in the English original, entitled Where’s The Smoke and published in 1972, when Carl Barks, a long-time illustrator for Disney, used it as a synonym for blaze or inferno. The incident revealed the occasional perils of reusing aging cartoons.