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Auschwitz t-shirts for sale?

Auschwitz inscribed t-shirts offered on online shopping site

Natasha Mozgovia
Published: 12.06.06, 21:18 / Israel Jewish Scene

The proprietors of the site www.cafepress.com seem to think that the sale of t-shirts with Holocaust inscriptions is amusing.

 

The most popular t-shirt offered on the online shopping site is a shirt with the inscription "My grandparents went to Auschwitz and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" printed on the front.

 

Also printed on the shirt is the gruesome inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei", which was the inscription that met deportees at the gates of the German concentration camps.

 

Following recent complaints by Holocaust survivors and their families offended by the inscriptions on the T-shirts, the Anti-Defamation League contacted the proprietors of the site asking them to remove the dubious merchandise.

 

"It is inconceivable that someone would design a shirt that would ridicule mass murder in a Nazi death camp," said Abraham H. Foxman, the current National Director and Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

 

"We understand the genre of innovative t-shirts, however we also believe that merchants should assure their merchandise does not offend others or belittle tragic events such as the Holocaust," Foxman added

 

The proprietors of the site in question have not responded to the complaints so far but have removed the offending T-shirts from their website.

 

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