Jewish Diaspora of Great Britain expressed its indignation at the fact that a famous British company gave the name of a nerve-paralytic gas to one of its cross-shoe models. This gas was used by Nazis to exterminate millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
Umbro, a leading sport organization, which clothes can be seen on the players of England's national soccer team, stated the consonance of the names "ZYKLON" (a cross-shoes model on sale since 1999) and poisonous gas Zyklon B is only an "unhappy coincidence", informs Reuters.
Zyklon B crystals were dissolved in gas chambers of the German camps - that was the way Nazis produced the gas to exterminate millions of Jews and representatives of other national minorities during the World War II.
"We are sure the name of cross-shoes doesn't mean any offence", - stated the press secretary of Umbro Nick Kruk. "Now we investigate what has happened", - he said. The Umbro Zyklon Junior cross-shoes were advertised on the "Megasports" British site of sport goods August 29. Their price was 30 US dollars. A box on the photo had a depiction of white cross-shoes with a big Umbro emblem.
Kruk stated the model would be renamed or totally withdrawn from sales. However, the press secretary was not sure whether already dispatched to shops models would be withdrawn, too.
"The name Zyklon is on the box, but not on cross-shoes, so the company is not going to take aside already sold goods", - he said.
The Simon Vizental center sharply opposed the name given to a new cross-shoes model by a well-known British sport enterprise Umbro.
"The use of such names associated with Holocaust is the offence to all its victims and survived witnesses of Nazi murderous deeds", - the center's declaration states. In its turn the representative of a sport company Nick Kruk said, "The company sincerely regrets the name of cross-shoes model has touched somebody's feelings".