Uruguayan store investigated for selling Nazi-related articles


(JTA) — Uruguayan police have launched an investigation into a Montevideo store that displayed and sold a concentration camp prisoner uniform.

The investigation of Camouflaged in Combat, which specializes in military and historic articles, was launched over the weekend. The uniform, which includes a yellow Star of David, is the main target, but the downtown store also sells other Nazi-related articles, including copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

The polemic outfit is a replica supplied by an international vendor and remained on display until it was sold to a local customer who requested it for a theater play, said store owner Luis O’Neill.

“Displaying for sale is not the same thing as displaying at a museum,” Juan Faroppa, president of the National Institute of Human Rights and Defense of the People, who said that the store is being investigated under the racism, xenophobia and discrimination law.

Camouflaged in Combat sells some 300 military and historic articles focused on World War I, World War II and other conflicts. Articles used by the U.S., Chinese and German armies also are on display.

Uruguay, a small South American nation located between Brazil and Argentina, has a Jewish population of 12,000.

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