Urban Outfitters Under Fire For Horrific Holocaust Inspired Design

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Global clothing company Urban Outfitters has produced a tapestry that looks exactly like a uniform gay prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.


Urban Outfitters has come under attack for producing the tapestry, which is grey and white striped and has an inverted pink triangle printed on the front.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday (9 February) urged the US retail chain to remove the offending article from stores.

“Whether intentional or not, this gray and white striped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,’ said Abraham Foxman, ADL national director and Holocaust survivor, in a statement.

“We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online.”

In a letter to Urban Outfitters president and CEO Richard Hayne, ADL expressed its concern over the insensitive design and the company’s recurrent use of products within the realm of Holocaust imagery.

In April 2012, ADL issued a letter of condemnation to Urban Outfitters about a t-shirt associated with the yellow Star of David.

“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” Barry Morrison, ADL regional director, stated at the time.

Just last year, the company released a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that appeared splattered with fake blood. Apparently unbeknownst to the retailer, four unarmed college students were shot to death during a rally at the school in 1970. Urban Outfitters was forced to apologise and reclaim the shirt from shelves.

The death rate of gay prisoners in the camps was over 50%, the highest among non-Jewish victims.

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