Nazi money belts in Poland leads Auchan to apologize

French supermarket giant calls the item ‘an oversight.’

April 3, 2019 16:47
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Nazi money belts in Poland leads Auchan to apologize

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French supermarket giant Auchan issued a public apology after it was discovered a store of theirs in Krakow, Poland carried money belts with the Nazi swastika. 
The Auchan spokesperson for Poland, Miss Dorota Patejko, said on Tuesday that the chain “wasn’t aware of it” but it did carry “these money belts, from a Polish manufacture” RFI reported. 
Patejko added that the chain is now looking into all of its Polish stores, to remove any such items; only one money belt was located so far and pulled off the shelf. 
The local Krakow newspaper Gazeta Krakowska reported that a woman bought the money belt, only to realize later it had Nazi symbols. 
Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany during the Second World War and roughly three million Poles perished under the hands of the Nazis. 
The law in Poland forbids the display or usage of Nazi symbols. 

On Monday, Chinese online shopping platform, Ali Express, removed a Nazi Lego set from its site following complaints, according to Arutz Sheva. 
MK Uri Arial (Bayit Yehudi) expressed outrage regarding the toy set, reportedly writing a letter to billionaire Jack Ma, the owner of Ali Express, and requesting him to remove the item from the website.

World Zionist Organization [WZO] official Yakov Hagoel, also slammed the shopping platform for selling products with the Nazi German Eagle.

The set includes figurines wearing Nazi SS uniforms and includes a Lego Adolf Hitler.

“It is forbidden to honor and provide a spotlight for the enemy of mankind,” Hagoel wrote, according to Mako, saying that the Chinese firm must “remove the antisemitic products.”

The set also includes Allied troops and allows the buyer to reenact scenes from the course of the war. 

No distinctly Jewish figures are presented. 


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