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Man in the High Castle risks yet another New York Nazi ad takeover as Lady Liberty heils Hitler

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

December 6, 2016 | 3 min read

With the impending release of its flagship drama, The Man in the High Castle, Amazon Prime Video had a task on its hands promoting the release to buffer its subscribers.

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle's Lady Liberty

Having already suffered a substantial backlash in 2015 when it ordered a New York City ad takeover that saw tube carriages adorned in Nazi memorabilia, a campaign that was eventually canned amid political and public pressures, Amazon has decided to release yet more shocking creative.

2015 Amazon subway Nazi takeover

Amazon released a billboard in New York City showing the Statue of Liberty partaking in a Nazi salute, helping viewers to envision the series’ premise that Germany won WWII and split the United States of America with Japan.

The Gothamist reported that a “huge” billboard in Times Square was spotted and snapped by concerned citizen Uri Katz who dubbed the marketing “tactless”, adding “I can't even imagine how a Holocaust survivor who lives in the city would feel if they saw that”.

The campaign arguably lands during a sensitive time following the US election with data suggesting the volume of hate crimes and swastika graffiti is on the rise, ever since Donald Trump's victory in November.

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