Zara Is Sorry for Selling a Shirt That Looked Like a Nazi Concentration Camp Uniform

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Aug. 27 2014 11:14 AM

Zara Is Sorry for Making a Shirt That Looked Like a Nazi Concentration Camp Uniform

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Zara says it is very, very sorry for selling the children’s T-shirt you see up above, which looks awfully similar to the uniforms Jews wore in Nazi concentration camps. The gold star says “Sheriff,” because the tee was apparently meant to invoke old westerns. (Were Texas law men ever into blue sailor stripes?) Anyway, here are some Jews dressed up at Buchenwald, as a frame of reference. Their stars have a big N on them, which stands for Niederländer.

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Dutch Jews at Buchenwald concentration camp.

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Suffice to say, Twitter was outraged, and Zara is pulling the garment.

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This seems like a tidy demonstration of why diversity is useful in the workplace. I’m just spitballing here, but it feels pretty unlikely that any Jews got a look at this shirt before it went into production. Had they, maybe one of them would have said: “Hey, this looks like something that might trigger my grandmother’s PTSD."

Jordan Weissmann is Slate's senior business and economics correspondent.

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