Irish costume shop criticised for selling Nazi uniform as Halloween outfit 1 month ago

Irish costume shop criticised for selling Nazi uniform as Halloween outfit

"I think people need to be educated before they put on a costume like that."

An Irish costume shop has come under criticism for selling a Nazi uniform as a Halloween outfit.

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The description for the costume, which is no longer being sold, reads: "There will be no mistaking your authority in this Nazi costume, a sure way to make an impression at any fancy dress party."

Raising the issue on Liveline on Thursday - who did not name the shop - Dutch caller in Limerick Dirk de Klein, whose grandfather was executed by the Nazis, took issue with the costume being advertised for Halloween.

"I'm not a snowflake, okay. I do believe that people should be free to do or wear what they want," he told Joe Duffy.

"But I think this needs to be put in the context. I think people need to be educated before they put on a costume like that.

"The Nazis, they killed 17 million people between 1933 and 1945. That's more than a million a year.

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"I think if you put on a Nazi uniform you're kind of glorifying that whole thing.

"Now I know this is for Halloween and you might want to put it on as a villain or as someone who's evil or as a monster.

"Having said that, the Nazi uniform does not relate to Halloween as such, not a traditional Halloween."

De Klein added that there are some Holocaust survivors living in Ireland.

"Imagine if they get a knock at the door for a trick or treat and they see something like that. I can't even imagine."

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A German caller, Wolfgang, said that while he would not himself take offence with the costume, he understands why people could.

"To be honest Joe, I probably wouldn't take offence," he explained.

"But I'm thinking of... the people who do take offence, right?

"People who wear those costumes, they're trying to crack a joke but I don't know what they are cracking a joke about."

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