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Swastika Gift Wrap Being Sold by Walgreens for Hanukkah

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 06:11 AM

Gift wrap that contains a swastika design is being removed from Walgreens after a Southern California woman spotted it among some Hanukkah decorations.

Cheryl Shapiro told KNBC-TV she was in a Walgreen store in Northridge, in suburban Los Angeles, when she found the wrapping paper with a geometric blue-and-silver pattern and large blue lines connecting on the edge in the shape of the infamous Nazi symbol.

"I didn't know what to do," Shapiro told the television station. "At first I called my rabbi, but I couldn't get in touch with him. I called for the manager and the assistant manager and they came out and explained what was going on and how upset I was, and how I wanted this taken off the shelves immediately. I was appalled by this."

KNBC-TV reported that the wrap was removed by the managers and other Walgreens stores are doing the same. Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso declined to comment on the design itself.

"We are in the process of removing the product from our stores," he told the television station.

The swastika, once an ancient symbol of good luck and prosperity in many cultures, is today connected with the murderous Nazi regime responsible for the Holocaust, noted ABC News. Nazi Germany used the symbol to promote the idea of a racially "pure" state and strike fear into Jews and others enemies of Nazi Germany, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

The swastika became the most recognizable symbol of Nazi propaganda, appearing on everything from election posters, arm bands, medallions, and badges for military and other organizations.

ABC News reported that the Spanish clothing company Zara was forced to remove one of its T-shirt designs this past summer after complaints came in that a striped shirt with a gold star resembled the uniforms that people were forced to wear in Nazi Germany to identify themselves as Jews.

ABC News noted that Zara was taken to task as well in 2007 when a handbag line it designed included a symbol resembling a swastika.

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