Holocaust costume removed
October 23, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
MONTREAL – The manager of a Montreal costume shop swiftly removed a shirt, which resembled a concentration camp uniform following complaints from members of the Jewish community.
People shopping for Halloween costumes at Eva B. last week were shocked to find a torn, white-and-purple-striped shirt bearing a Star of David made of yellow and red triangles. Their complaint, with a photo of the costume, was relayed to B’nai Brith Canada, whose representative visited the store on Friday and was assured the costume had been removed.
Store manager Catherine, who refused to give her last name, said the store has thousands of costumes, which are usually rented by theatrical groups, and once a year they open it up to people looking for Halloween costumes. She said the costume in question had been rented once five years ago by a theatrical company.
Despite the prompt resolution of the initial problem, a claim about a second Holocaust-themed costume has been raised, leading to confusion.
Catherine said the store only had the one Holocaust-themed costume (pictured) and got rid of it on Friday. However, CBC intern Paulina Ignacak told the Jewish Tribune that she saw a different concentration camp costume, consisting of a black-and-white striped shirt with a yellow Star of David plus a pair of matching pants, in the store on Sunday. While on the phone with the Tribune, Catherine looked through the store’s rack of what she called “comical” old-fashioned prisoner costumes twice and said she could not find one bearing a yellow star.