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08/27/2014 09:13 EDT

Zara Removes Striped Kids' Shirt That Resembles Holocaust Prison Wear

How did this even happen??

Spanish retailer Zara has stopped selling a striped kids' shirt that featured a gold star, that when looked at as a whole, resembled the uniform that Jewish concentration camp prisoners wore during the Holocaust in the Second World War.

The blue-and-white shirt, which was made for kids aged three months to three years, was intended to be used as a "Sheriff" shirt (the gold star has "Sheriff" printed on it, although it's hard to see it unless you look closely because it's transparent).

The shirt was for sale on Zara's UK homepage and other international sites including Israel, France and Denmark. Isreali journalist Dimi Reider was one of the first people to notice the resemblance, and called out the company on the website 972mag.com.

"It’s a SHERIFF shirt for your three-year-old. Obviously. What else could it be?," he wrote. "Why, what else does it remind you of?"

Other people also took notice, and aired their disappointment on Twitter.

Since then, the shirt has been pulled from Zara's sites and the company apologized on Twitter.

A spokesperson for Zara said: "The garment was inspired by the classic Western films, but we now recognise that the design could be seen as insensitive and apologise sincerely for any offence caused to our customers."

This isn't the first time the retailer has caused controversy due to its clothes. In 2007, Zara pulled a bag from it's stores after customers noticed that it was emblazoned with a swastika print.

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