Hipster Hitler T-shirts discontinued

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An Australia-based online vendor has withdrawn T-shirts that satirized Hitler and the Holocaust following complaints by the Jewish community.

Red Bubble, a Melbourne-based company that markets the works of more than 150,000 artists worldwide, this week stopped selling the “Hipster Hitler” line of T-shirts that parody the Holocaust with slogans such as “Eastside Westside Genocide,” “Back to the Fuhrer” and “Three Reichs and You’re Out.”

In a statement June 6, the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission praised the decision by Red Bubble.

“It’s not a matter of free speech or censorship,” said commission chairman Anton Block. “It’s a matter of sensitivity and decency.”

Hipster Hitler, a New York-based art and clothing firm, still has the offending T-shirts for sale on its own website. — jta