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Fashion chain Zara has come under fire for selling a baby’s pajama top that many on social media claimed looked like the uniform Jewish prisoners were forced to wear in World War II concentration camps.
The top, which has since been removed from stores and online, featured white and blue stripes and a six-pointed yellow star on the front that was intended to represent a sheriff’s badge. The word “sheriff” was written across the star, but this was obscured on zoomed-out images on the website and instead resembled the Star of David.
According to the U.K.’s The Guardian newspaper, Israeli journalist Dimi Reider, writing for the 972mag.com website, was the first to spot the similarities.
“It’s a SHERIFF shirt for your three-year-old. Obviously. What else could it be?,” he wrote.
Zara has since responded on Twitter, apologizing in several languages for the mistake and adding that the product was no longer for sale.
@eylanezekiel We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores
— ZARA (@ZARA) August 27, 2014
It’s not the first time Zara has had an accidental brush with the Third Reich. In 2007 it withdrew a women’s bag after a customer found that it featured swastikas in the design.
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