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HONG KONG, China (AP) -- German and Israeli diplomats have lashed out at a Hong Kong fashion company for using swastikas and other Nazi party symbols in a clothing line and to decorate its chain of stores.

The firm, which calls itself http://www.izzue.com., produced a range of T-shirts and pants with Nazi symbols printed on them. One T-shirt has a portrait of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler standing on a laurel.

Red banners with white swastikas on top of iron crosses hung Saturday from the ceilings of some of the firm's 14 stores. The banners also carried a sign that resembled the symbol of the Third Reich: an eagle above a swastika. One branch broadcast Nazi propaganda films on a wall with a projector.

"It's totally inappropriate because these symbols of the Nazi regime stand for cruelty and crimes against humanity," a vice consul of the German Consulate General in Hong Kong said on condition of anonymity. "These symbols brought a lot of pain not only over Europe, but over the whole world. ... It's definitely not the way to promote clothes."

The diplomat urged the public to boycott the shops.

The company's marketing manager, Deborah Cheng, said the Nazi-themed decorations and clothes were not intended to cause an outcry and may be withdrawn. She said the company had received a few complaints from customers.

"We're seriously considering removing the displays. But before we take them off, we have to find a replacement," she said.

The campaign has been criticized as highly insensitive.
Cheng added that the designer wanted the clothes to have a military theme and did not realize that the Nazi symbols would be considered offensive.

Staff at one of the stores tried to stop an Associated Press photographer from taking pictures of the shop and tied up the lower part of the banners to hide the Nazi symbols.

Israeli Consul-General Eli Avidar said the consulate has received dozens of complaints about the displays in the past two days, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported on its front-page Saturday.

"People were furious, hurt and shocked that such a thing could happen," Avidar was quoted as saying. "It is unbearable to think that anyone can design a marketing campaign that desecrates the deaths of millions of people."

Phone calls by the Asssociated Press to the Israeli Consulate General in Hong Kong went unanswered.

In April, soft drink giant Coca-Cola pulled a promotional robot figurine adorned with what appeared to be Nazi swastikas following criticism from a Jewish leader in Hong Kong.

And in July last year Hong Kong coffee chain Pacific Coffee was forced to apologise after its stores used a quote from Hitler for is chalkboard "Thought for the day" spot.

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How can the so-called human beings on this earth get any lower! Soon, I think, we will have another Sodom and Gomorrah and this earth will be cleansed of these evil entities. Of course, all the rest of us will probably be taken along too. But,rather than live in this kind of chaos I will gladly leave this earth.
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I can't believe the designer didn't know that this would cause a stir. The thousands of people who were killed under this regime alone would cause you to think twice. Not only Jews were killed, but anyone who was old, infirm, the handicapped, those who were sympathetic to Jews or people who did not agree or who would not follow the Nazi party line.
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Anyone who would even think of glorifying Hitler in this way needs to sit down and watch some footage of the death camps. Not film reenactments by actors, most of whom would die before they reached the state of emaciation those poor souls were found in, but the actual footage of the real victims. Spend some time in the Holocaust museum. Visit with the sweet old lady in my old neighborhood who survived the camps - she cowers in terror whenever she hears a siren, and still bears the tatoo on her arm.

To glorify that monster Hitler's memory in any way is purely disgusting.

The swastika, however, was around long before Hitler, and it is a shame that the ancient symbol is now reviled along with the monster who used it as a symbol of his reign of terror.
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