Online retailer pulls ‘Life is Beautiful’ Holocaust swastika shirt
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Online retailer pulls ‘Life is Beautiful’ Holocaust swastika shirt

AliExpress removes t-shirt with image of concentration camp uniform, but continues to sell other similar items

T-shirt featuring a swastika and the Italian phrase "Life is Beautiful," withdrawn from sale on AliExpress on March 26, 2018. (Screen capture)
T-shirt featuring a swastika and the Italian phrase "Life is Beautiful," withdrawn from sale on AliExpress on March 26, 2018. (Screen capture)

The online retailing giant AliExpress on Monday removed from its site a t-shirt with a swastika and the title of the Holocaust movie, “Life Is Beautiful.” However, a search on the website reveals dozens of other swastikas still for sale.

The Chinese online store withdrew from sale the beige shirt with an image of a uniform worn by concentration camp inmates in the shape of a swastika, with the words, “La vita è bella” (Life Is Beautiful), after being contacted by Hadashot news.

“Life Is Beautiful” is an Italian movie about a Jewish father shielding his son from the true horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.

AliExpress is one of the most popular online retailers in the world. It is owned by Alibaba and is made up of small businesses, mostly based in China.

Although the offensive item was removed, a search for “swastika” on the site gives four pages, including items of jewelry listed as “Buddhist peace swastikas,” which are identical to the Nazi symbols, but reversed.

The site also sells other German World War II paraphernalia, including several Iron Crosses, an emblem used by the Nazis, but which had originally been a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia and later in Germany, until the end of World War I. Although banned for many years after World War II, it was recently reintroduced as a symbol of the German air force.

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