TV sta­tion red-faced over Yom Kip­pur Nazi gaffe

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

A CHICAGO-BASED tele­vi­sion sta­tion broad­casted a news fea­ture on Yom Kip­pur us­ing a back­ground im­age as­so­ci­ated with the Nazis.

The pre­sen­ter of WGN TV’s fea­ture about Yom Kip­pur last week sat in front of a photo of the yel­low Star of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear dur­ing the Holo­caust ( pic­tured right).

When hor­ri­fied view­ers pointed out the mis­take, the sta­tion said the pic­ture had been taken from its im­age bank, and they had “failed to recog­nise that the im­age was an of­fen­sive Nazi sym­bol”.

WGN said in a state­ment: “We are ex­tremely em­bar­rassed and we deeply apol­o­gise to our view­ers and to the Jewish com­mu­nity for this mis­take. Ig­no­rance is not an ex­cuse.”

Euro­pean Jews were legally re­quired to wear the yel­low badge on their cloth­ing, be­gin­ning af­ter Kristall­nacht in Novem­ber, 1938, but the prac­tice of forc­ing Jews to don an iden­ti­fy­ing badge dates back to the 13th cen­tury.

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