Google is apologizing after naming a Berlin intersection after Hitler on its Google Maps platform.

The search engine giant accidentally titled a busy section of the German city “Adolf-Hitler-Platz,” or Adolf Hitler Square, which was its World War II-era name.

The erroneous name was only viewable for a few hours Thursday. It was taken down Friday and replaced with its correct, current-era name, Theodor-Heuss-Platz.

“The change in the street name was mistakenly approved, and we fixed it as soon as we were made aware,” a Google statement read. “We apologize for any offense caused.”

The Hitler name was reportedly added to Google Maps by users of its Map Maker function, which can be edited by non-Google personnel.

A number of squares were named for the Nazi dictator during the war. The square in question is located on what the Nazi regime planned as the axis of a redesign of the city, which never came to fruition.

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