Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is again facing controversy, this time over a T-shirt featuring a six-pointed star pocket patch that bears resemblance to the yellow Stars of David Jews were made to wear during the Holocaust, some on concentration camp uniforms.
The patch on the “Kellogg Tee” is blue and set against a yellow background. It’s made by the Denmark-based Wood Wood company and selling for $100.
The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia was the first to publicly object to the shirt, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
The Anti-Defamation League has accused Urban Outfitters of selling a t-shirt that resembles the yellow Star of David worn by Jews during the Holocaust.
“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” ADL Philadelphia director Barry Morrison wrote in a letter to the Philadelphia Navy Yard-based clothing retailer’s CEO, Richard A. Hayne, according to a report by Gawker on Friday.
The clothing outlet’s website says the stitched patch detailing comes from Danish label “Wood Wood”, hence the style name “Wood Wood Kellog Tee.”
At the time of publication, the t-shirt was still available for $100 on the company’s website.
FACTS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST:
The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστος holókaustos: hólos, “whole” and kaustós, “burnt”), also known as the Shoah (Hebrew: השואה, HaShoah, “catastrophe”; Yiddish: חורבן, Churben or Hurban, from the Hebrew for “destruction”), was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, a programme of systematic state-sponsored murder by Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, throughout Nazi-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished. In particular, over one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men.
Some scholars maintain that the definition of the Holocaust should also include the Nazis’ genocide of millions of people in other groups, including Romani, Soviet prisoners of war, Polish and Soviet civilians, homosexuals, people with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other political and religious opponents, which occurred regardless of whether they were of German or non-German ethnic origin. Using this definition, the total number of Holocaust victims is between 11 million and 17 million people.