Japanese stores pull Nazi costume


(JTA) — A retail chain in Japan has removed a Nazi costume from its shelves after a Jewish group requested its withdrawal.

The costume, which includes a black jacket with a swastika armband and a drawing resembling Adolf Hitler and the phrase "Heil Hitler" on the packaging, cost about $60 at the Don Quijote Company.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles sent a letter to the company on Monday asking that it stop selling the offensive costumes, the BBC reported. The center said that the swastika remained a "symbol of hatred."

The Japanese party goods maker Aico has made the costume for seven years and has never had a complaint about it, according to the BBC.

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