August 27, 2014, 12:39 PM ET
You didn’t have to be a World War II scholar to glance at this image of kids pajamas from the Spain-based retailer Zara and see something different. Different and disturbing.
The company said the six-pointed star was meant to represent a badge worn by a sheriff in the American West, not a Star of David, which, in concert with the garment’s striping, might well call to mind a Nazi concentration-camp uniform. But, after the predictable outcry, the fast-fashion retailer turned on a dime. On social media, and in several languages (including English, as embedded below), Zara vowed to remove the item from its store racks and its website and to destroy any remaining stock.