Anger over shoe with Nazi gas name

On the heels of the ‘Target “BB” ‘ story below comes this:

Jewish groups have expressed outrage that a British company is selling sport shoes with the same name as the Nazi nerve gas used to kill millions of Jews in the Holocaust.

Umbro, the firm that outfits the English national soccer side, said it was an “unfortunate coincidence” that its Zyklon shoe, on sale since 1999, bore the name of the poison gas Zyklon B.

Crystals of Zyklon B were dissolved in gas chambers at the death camps to produce the poison the Nazis used to exterminate millions of Jews and members of other minorities during World War Two. Reuters

The company says the shoes will be renamed or withdrawn. The name appears on the box but not the shoe itself, so it looks likely they will allow already-shipped stocks to remain in stores without modification.