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Ecclestone plays down comments

FORMULA One boss Bernie Ecclestone views the furor over his comments that Adolf Hitler got "things done" as a misunderstanding, he told a German newspaper.

The World Jewish Congress called for Ecclestone to resign after the comments appeared in The Times of London on Saturday.

The Bild daily quoted Ecclestone as saying that "this was all a big misunderstanding."

"I did not put Hitler forward as a positive example, but simply noted that, before his appalling crimes, he acted successfully against unemployment and the economic crisis," Ecclestone was quoted as saying.

Ecclestone said that it was never his intention to "hurt the feelings of a community," Bild reported. "Many of my closest friends are Jews."

Ecclestone told The Times that "In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done. But "in the end he got lost, so he wasn't a very good dictator."


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