Tourists checking out the route to the next Berlin monument could have been forgiven for thinking their Google Maps app had taken them back in time.
Google has now apologised after it temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Platz - and a screengrab went viral on social media.
The square, in the western Charlottenburg district of Berlin, is now Theodor Heuss Platz, named after the liberal first president of post-war Federal Republic of Germany, rather than a genocidal maniac.
It was originally called Reichskanzlerplatz when it was constructed in the early 1900, but in 1933 it was renamed after the new German Chancellor. Unsurprisingly, that rapidly became unpopular after the Nazi defeat.
Many tweeted their shock and surprise:
Adolf-Hitler-Platz? I didn't just step out of the U-Bahn, I must have climbed out of the Time Tunnel.January 10, 2014
Google maps you're not up to date. Theodor Heuss Platz is not Adolf Hitler Platz anymore— Kasper Fridolin (@JQuePublic) January 9, 2014
Say what you will about Apple Maps, at least they didn't bring back Adolf-Hitler-Platz https://t.co/vsol1sNPys— Philipp Weiser (@weiphi) January 9, 2014
Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said that the location was only re-labeled for a few hours before it was removed.
“We were made aware of a false and inappropriate street name on Google Maps and corrected it immediately,” she said, but offered no explanation for the error.