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T-shirt called ‘Auschwitz chic’

Controversy-prone clothing store sells shirt featuring familiar-looking Jewish star

This Urban Outfitters T-shirt has been labeled 'Auschwitz chic' and retails for $100.
This Urban Outfitters T-shirt has been labeled 'Auschwitz chic' and retails for $100.

American clothing company Urban Outfitters is courting controversy over a T-shirt bearing a six-pointed star resembling the one Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

This Urban Outfitters T-shirt has been labeled 'Auschwitz chic' and retails for $100.
This Urban Outfitters T-shirt has been labeled 'Auschwitz chic' and retails for $100.

The “patchwork Star of David on the left breast pocket… harkens back to 1930s and 40s Europe,” the Canada Free Press suggested, sarcastically describing the look as “Auschwitz chic.” While the star itself is blue, the “vintage yellow color” of the rest of the shirt will look familiar to students of Nazi Germany, the article notes.

The shirt, which has already been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League, is hardly the first Urban Outfitters item to earn objections. Previous pieces sold by the chain have offended Navajos and African-Americans, among others. The store also generated anger in 2004 with a shirt bearing the words “Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl” surrounded by dollar signs and shopping bags.

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