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Zara Kids' Shirt Looks Like Nazi Concentration-Camp Uniform

Uproar Forces Zara to Remove Kids' Shirts That Resemble Concentration-Camp Uniforms

Spanish retailer Zara is known for its fun and stylish kids' clothes, but its latest design had adults around the world scratching their heads this morning. The company's toddler-sized "Sheriff T-Shirt," featuring dark stripes and a large, six-pointed yellow star over the upper-left section, is eerily reminiscent of the concentration-camp uniforms Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust (in the Nazi camps, the stripes were vertical rather than horizontal). Though the word "sheriff" is written on the star, it is faint and virtually impossible to see.

As the public became aware of the shirt this morning, social media exploded with cries of anti-Semitism, insensitivity, and disappointment.

Following the uproar, Zara's parent company announced that it was pulling the shirts from the retailer's Albanian, French, Israeli, and Swedish online stores, where they were available, and apologized for the lapse in judgement:


"The item in question has now been removed from all Zara stores and The garment was inspired by the classic Western films, but we now recognize that the design could be seen as insensitive and apologize sincerely for any offense caused to our customers."

But the concentration-camp-like shirts aren't the only garments parents are finding offensive on Zara's site. Their Fall collection features a "Cowboys and Indians" theme with headdresses and more.

While the tots the clothes are intended for probably don't "get" the issues with the clothes, their parents certainly do. Do you find them offensive? Or would you buy them for your kids?

Image Source: Zara
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scallywagy scallywagy 2 years

Does a fashion line have the right to appropriate images and symbols as it sees fit? What do we mean by images and who controls or owns any image and if one group of people choose to infer a certain meaning upon said shirts who is to say others will think otherwise? Granted it is one thing to respect the memory of war victims but also another thing to respect an individual’s or outlet’s right to express themselves as they see fit and to allow the market to be the final arbiter…or is that off the table?

Majo14585266 Majo14585266 2 years

I have to admit it looks similar, but Zara said that star was inspired in sherif's star. I think people might be a little overreacting, and is logic, it's a very sensitive issue.

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