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'Holocaust T-Shirt' Provokes Outrage

The ADL blasts clothing retailer Urban Outfitters for T-shirts resembling uniform Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/22/2012, 9:19 AM

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Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is, once again, facing controversy over apparel featuring a six-pointed blue star on a yellow T-shirt, resembling the uniform Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia publicly criticized the contentious design, saying it evokes memories of Nazi anti-Semitism.

“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” wrote Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL.

His message was sent, via e-mail, to Richard A. Hayne, chairman and chief executive of the retail corporation’s regional headquarters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The ADL shared the letter with the media.

The “Kellogg Tee,” which was made by the Denmark-based ‘Wood Wood’ company, is currently selling for $100. 

This is not the first time Urban Outfitters has been criticized for selling offensive clothing. In 2003, the ADL targeted the company over a T-shirt reading, “Everyone loves a Jewish girl” surrounded by dollar signs.

In addition, the retail designer is currently being sued by the Navajo Nation over its tribe-inspired fashion line. It also came under fire earlier this month for stocking “Obey Clothing,” which features anti-Christian and anti-capitalist themes, The Blaze reported.

Urban Outfitters has not yet commented on the recent controversy.