- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Coca-Cola has been pressured to remove a web video that reminded Fanta drinkers of the “Good Old Times” — when the orange soft drink was first created in Nazi Germany.

The ad celebrated the 75th anniversary of Fanta, which was created in Germany in 1941 as an alternative to the company’s cola drink.

“75 years ago, resources for our beloved Coke in Germany were scarce,” the ad said, in German, without any mention of World War II and trade embargoes against the country at the time, Haaretz reported.

“To celebrate Fanta, we want to give you the feeling of the Good Old Times back,” it went on, failing to mention that those “Good Old Times” were the days of the Holocaust.

Backlash to the video was swift and Coca-Cola was forced to remove it from their website. An edited version without mention of the “Good Old Times” was uploaded in its place.

A Coca-Cola spokeswoman apologized for any offense the ad may have caused and explained it was meant to “evoke positive childhood memories,” the Daily Express reported.

“Fanta was invented in Germany during the Second World War, but the 75-year-old brand had no association with Hitler or the Nazi Party,” she added.

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