“Schindler’s List” leggings? Clothes with Holocaust movie images go viral on social media

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(JTA) – It’s a way to “never forget”.

One particular item of clothing went viral this week after a comedian tweeted about a pair of leggings featuring artwork inspired by “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Holocaust drama.

The pants show a poster made by an artist with characters from the film. The symbolic “girl in a red dress” is the most represented, standing on the train tracks overlooking the death camp of Auschwitz. Beside her float the heads of Liam Neeson, as German factory owner Oskar Schindler; Ben Kingsley, like his Jewish employee Itzhak Stern; and Ralph Fiennes, as SS officer Amon Göth.

Elise Brown, who is not Jewish, spotted the leggings on a Goodwill’s luggage rack in Long Beach, Calif., and submitted a photo of them to an Instagram account called ThriftStoreArt.

Brown also sent the image to a Jewish comedian friend, who helped the post ricochet to Twitter. “Baby, what’s wrong?” You barely wore your Schindler’s List leggings,” a post read.

The leggings appear to be from a virtual storefront on Redbubble, a website that allows users to generate artwork that shoppers can print on demand.

In addition to leggings, the “Schindler’s List” design is for sale on skirts, socks, t-shirts, coffee mugs, iPhone cases, shower curtains, throw pillows and other matching items at Redbubble, all via user “angelbertran”, who is credited as designer and seller.

The user, whose sparse profile page identifies them as US-based, has several pop culture-inspired designs to their name. “Angelbertran” did not respond to a JTA request for comment submitted on Redbubble.

These designs are common on artisan sites and are generally protected from copyright laws under the fair use guidelines. Whether they taste good is another matter.

“These shouldn’t exist,” Brown told Jewish Telegraphic Agency sister site Hey Alma.

She also said she bought the item for her friend, at his request, for $8.

“Schindler’s List” has been making headlines lately in multiple ways, for a variety of reasons. Oliwia Dabrowska, the former Polish child actress who played the girl in the red dress, has used his character to defend Ukrainian refugees on social media. A The Belgian public broadcaster apologized this week for parodying the film in a comedy short about a cookie shortage. And Mimi Reinhard, the real Jewish secretary who typed up the list of Jews Schindler would seek to save, died last week at age 107.

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