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Hitler oak may get the axe

AN oak tree planted in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II to mark Adolf Hitler's birthday may face the axe if the local mayor has her way.

Authorities in Jaslo in rural southeastern Poland investigated the tree when plans were lodged to fell it to make way for a traffic roundabout.

"This is no ordinary tree but was put here to mark Adolf Hitler's birthday," said Jaslo's mayor, Maria Kurowska. "So should I try to improve our town's communications or should I allow a memorial to that criminal to remain standing? The choice is simple."

Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, triggering World War II. Six million Poles, including almost all its Jews, died during the war.


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