Spanish clothing retailer Zara pulled a children’s T-shirt following a torrent of complaints that it looked strikingly similar to the striped prison uniforms Jewish concentration camp prisoners were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
The top featured navy blue and white horizontal stripes with a six-pointed yellow star on the upper left embossed faintly with the word “sheriff.” Nazis forced Holocaust victims to wear vertical striped shirts and pants with a yellow Star of David in the precise position seen in the Zara T-shirt.
The striped uniform with the yellow star is closely identified with the Holocaust, as reflected in the title of the 2008 film and the book on which it was based, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”
Zara removed the shirt from its website and apologized for promoting the item.
“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores,” Zara said in a statement according to International Business Times.
Several news sites reported that the shirt, which was also sold in Israel, was manufactured in Turkey, prompting the Jewish Press to interpret its sale as politically motivated.
“To survivors of the Holocaust and their relatives and friends in Israel, that message is crystal clear,” observed the Jewish Press, noting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel stance has been “very plain over the years.”
The International Business Times noted that Zara faced criticism in 2007 after selling a handbag decorated with swastikas.
“Obviously, the company needs a buyer who understands multi-culturalism a bit better,” the Jewish Press noted.