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Porsche’s Nazi Past Prompts Protest in Czech Birthplace

The Czech town of Vratislavice nad Nisou is removing signs commemorating native son Ferdinand Porsche, following protests over the car designer’s Nazi affiliation during World War II.

The town of about 6,500 people will erase references that it’s Porsche’s birthplace from its welcome signs, Mayor Ales Preisler said in a phone interview today. A local exhibition of memorabilia was changed a month ago to include information about Porsche’s membership in the elite Nazi SS defense corps, according to Preisler.