Laval University to change campaign poster that looks like Nazi-era symbol
German pavilion, created for 1937 Paris World's Fair, was designed by Albert Speer
Laval University will review its choice in imagery for a fundraising campaign after facing criticism that one of its illustrations looks like a pavilion designed by a Nazi architect.
One of the Quebec City university's campaign posters is an illustration of a soaring bird trailed by red and gold streams — the school's colours.
After the image was released, some pointed out it bears a striking similarity to the German pavilion designed by Adolf Hitler's chief architect Albert Speer.
The towering pavilion, created for the 1937 Paris World's Fair, featured an eagle perched on top of a swastika.
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Laval University's choice in imagery raised some eyebrows on social media.
Christophe Villemer tweeted, in French, "Is there not a history faculty at Laval University?"
The school responded to the criticism on Sunday via Twitter.
It said that it will "review the image to eliminate its resemblance to the image of the pavilion designed for the world's fair in Paris."
It released an updated design later on Sunday following the criticism.
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The university's fundraising campaign aims to raise $350 million for the school's 350th anniversary.
With files from Radio-Canada