Halloween fancy dress shop slammed for selling "offensive" Nazi uniform

he 35 'Gestapo Officer' costume includes a hat, button up shirt, trousers, boots and red armband.
he 35 'Gestapo Officer' costume includes a hat, button up shirt, trousers, boots and red armband.
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A Halloween fancy dress shop has been slammed for selling an "offensive" and "inappropriate" Nazi uniform.

The £35 'Gestapo Officer' costume includes a hat, button up shirt, trousers, boots and red armband.

Gestapo officers acted as the official secret police of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and '40s during the Second World War.

Part of their job included rounding up Jewish citizens to be sent to concentration camps.

The controversial costume was spotted for sale in a shop called Party On in Sheffield city centre last week.

The store is particularly popular with university students but also sells outfits to theatrical companies.

The Holocaust Educational Trust, a charity which educates about the horrors of WWII, has criticised the costume.

Speaking to student news site The Tab, CEO Karen Pollock MBE said: "I cannot see any scenario where 'dressing up' as a Nazi is an appropriate choice for fancy dress.

"I sincerely hope the shop reconsiders and removes such an offensive item."

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Party On manager Awal Yousoff has this morning defended the costume.

He said: "Our shop does not just sell to fancy dress customers, it's also theatrical companies that buy from us.

"This particular costume is mainly purchased by that type of customer, it doesn't really get sold around Halloween."

Mr Yousoff added: "We would like to apologise to anyone who's offended by the costume."

This incident is not the first time students have been criticised for wearing Nazi uniforms and making offensive gestures.

Last week a student at Leicester University was pictured wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Hitler wanted my kind alive".

Another man's shirt said "I'm a Nazi".

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In April a student at Oxford Uni was banned from Oxford Union for performing a Nazi salute and goose-stepping at a £75 Narnia-themed ball.