Anti-Semitic t-shirts are being sold outside the Polish football club, Widzew Lodz; “This is Widzew terrain, entry to Jews is forbidden”
Tee shirts with anti-Semitic slogans are being sold outside the Polish football club, Widzew Lodz, Polskie Radio reported on Thursday.
The items have been on sale in a pavilion next to the club’s official shop.
“This is Widzew terrain, entry to Jews is forbidden,” reads the slogan on one Tee shirt.
“Curl hunters,” referring to the side curls of Chassidic Jews, is written on the other, adopting the age-old anti-Semitic slur.
A woman working in the shop told Gazeta Wyborcza daily that such items sell well and make a decent profit, noted Polskie Radio.
Incitement to racist crimes is illegal in Poland.
With the country preparing to co-host the Euro 2012 tournament this June, government regulations cleared by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) state that fans are not allowed to bring materials that are “racist, xenophobic, political, religious and propaganda-based” into stadiums, the report stated.
Lodz had a Jewish population estimated at 230,000 prior to the onset of World War II. The Lodz Ghetto, established in the city upon the German invasion, was the second largest ghetto in occupied Poland.
Of the 230,000 Lodz Jews plus the 25,000 people transported in, only 877 remained.
By Rachel Hirshfeld