August 27, 2014 2:14 pm

Zara apologizes for kids’ shirt resembling Holocaust prisoner outfit

Clothing retailer Zara in hot water after selling shirt similar to uniforms worn by Holocaust prisoners.

(Zara.com/Screengrab)

Spanish clothing retailer Zara has pulled a striped shirt featuring a yellow star Wednesday over backlash from social media users, comparing it to the clothing worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the Second World War.

The blue and white striped shirt aimed at children aged three months to three years old, featured a six-point yellow star on the front left side. The star had the word “sheriff” written on it, but was not clearly visible on the clothing chain’s website.

A spokesperson with the retailer told the Jerusalem Post the tee shirt “has already been withdrawn,” and had no connection to the Second World War.

“It has nothing to do with the Second World War or whatever. The inspiration had to do with the old classic western movies. Obviously we are very attentive to the sensitivity of our customers. We made a mistake in this case,” the spokesperson said.

Angry social media users took to twitter to question Zara’s decision-making process over the shirt.

This is not the first time the chain has been accused of being insensitive towards holocaust issues. In 2007, Zara removed a handbag decorated with swastikas from its stores and drew immediate apologies from company executives.

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