France Launches Probe of Anti-Semitic T-Shirts

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 4:19 PM CDT
Policeman face residents who gather in eastern Paris, Sunday, June 22, 2008, a day after a Jewish teenager was beaten into a coma and hospitalized in intensive care.    (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – French authorities are investigating the sale of T-shirts bearing anti-Semitic slogans that date to 1940, the BBC reports. The shirts carry the slogan "Jews not allowed in this park" in German and Polish, reproduced from signs posted in Lodz, Poland, during World War II. Almost all of Lodz's Jews perished in the Holocaust.

The shop where the shirts were on sale is in the Belleville district of Paris, where groups of Jewish and North African youths have clashed recently. The shirts are no longer on sale, AFP reports.