ADL to Urban Outfitters: Remove Tapestry “Eerily Reminiscent” of Holocaust Garb

  • February 25, 2015


A photo taken by an Anti-Defamation League employee of a tapestry for sale at the Boulder, CO Urban Outfitters store has since made headlines world-wide.  The tapestry’s design was “eerily reminiscent” of the gray and white stripes and pink triangles found on uniforms that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. While the offending item is no longer in the store, the evocative image garnered international attention, with the story appearing in Great Britain’s The Daily Mail and receiving condemnation from the Human Rights Commission.

“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 H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. “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 A. Hayne, ADL expressed its concern over the insensitive design and the company’s periodic use of products within the realm of Holocaust imagery.

Most recently, in April 2012, ADL issued a strongly-worded letter of condemnation to Urban Outfitters about a t-shirt associated with the yellow Star of David, and subsequently welcomed an explanation from the Danish company which designed it that the shirt was never meant for sale.