Offensive anti-Semitic T-shirts seen on sale in Paris

12th August 2008, Comments 3 comments

T-shirts saying "Jews forbidden from entering the park" were seen on sale on Tuesday.

12 August 2008

PARIS - T-shirts carrying an anti-Semitic slogan referring to a Nazi-era Jewish ghetto in Poland were seen on sale Tuesday in a multi-ethnic district of Paris.

France's anti-Semitism watchdog alerted AFP to the women's T-shirts, printed with phrases in German and Polish which translate as "Jews forbidden from entering the park", in a store in the Belleville neighbourhood.

The inscriptions - "Juden eintritt in die parkanlagen verboten" in German, and "Zydom wstep do parku wzbronionyio" in Polish - are reproduced from 1940 banners targeting the Jews of Lodz, in central Poland.

Ninety-five percent of the 200,000 Jews who were held in the ghetto later died in concentration camps.

An AFP reporter found five of the grey, sleeveless woollen tops - labelled with the brand "Introfancy IF" - on sale early Tuesday, but when he returned shortly afterwards they had been withdrawn.

The sales assistant said they had just been bought by a single customer.

She added that she did not know the meaning of the inscriptions.

Sammy Ghozlan, head of the National Bureau of Vigilence Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), said he had filed a formal complaint with the Paris police.

[AFP / Expatica]

3 Comments To This Article

  • danny posted:

    on 12th September 2008, 08:06:41 - Reply

    Barbra, is that you... ?
  • shaun fischer posted:

    on 14th August 2008, 09:34:00 - Reply

    Come on a a frenchie not knowing german? Thats like Ted Kenedy not knowing the taste of single malt scotch.All French must learn German in school,Also need to know how to say in German with arms raised above their heads, "DON'T SHOOT!! I AM A COLLABERATOR!!!"
  • jack posted:

    on 13th August 2008, 15:49:01 - Reply

    The headline--"Offensive Jewish T-shirts seen on sale in Paris" seems to be saying the exact opposite of the content of the article.

    Perhaps--"Offensive Anti-Semetic T-shirts seen on sale in Paris"