Woman shocked to see swastikas on Hanukkah wrapping paper

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A California woman was shocked to find what appeared to be swastikas on Hanukkah wrapping paper.

Cheryl Shapiro says she was shopping at a Walgreens in Northridge when she spotted the symbol on the holiday paper.

Shapiro says she can’t believe the design made it through production and into stores.

“I saw it immediately. I think i have a good eye. I panicked. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said.

According to The Kansas City Star, Hallmark Cards Inc., which licensed the wrapping paper rolls, heard about the problem Sunday night and alerted its retailers on Monday to remove the design from their shelves.

“We apologize for the oversight and apologize to anyone who was offended. That obviously was not our intent,” Hallmark spokeswoman Julie Elliott told The Kansas City Star. “It was an oversight on our part to not notice the intersecting lines that could be seen as a swastika pattern.”

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18 comments

    • kathy cassity

      Did you lose anyone in the Holocaust? I would venture to say “NO!”. Well, neither did I, and I am APPALLED that this happened! The designer should be fired!

      • Dat Lam

        That’s ignorant, the swastika has a meaning of well-being, good luck, god, energy within Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism as well as different meanings in some regions. Don’t assume every Swastika is that of a Nazi Flag.

      • kathy cassity

        To: DAT LAM…When it is on JEWISH wrapping paper, it IS offensive! And, YES, the Swastika, DID originally have that meaning, but the Nazi regime changed all that!!

      • kathy cassity

        DAT LAM…it was NOT an assumption on my part. That was Hanukkah wrapping paper, and more than likely, the designer did that on purpose. If not, it had to have been noticed by SOMEONE at hallmark, and nothing was DONE!! When a symbol of good, is used in a situation such as the Swastika was in Nazi germany, the symbol forever takes on a negative connotation for those whom it affected! If you had ever had a loved one who had been gassed and burned in an oven, you MAY understand.

  • kathy cassity

    Whomever designed that paper KNEW exactly what they were doing!! That does NOT happen by ACCIDENT! Especially, not with experienced designers. The original designer should be FIRED!

  • Shaun Darragh

    Actually, that swastika is from a Buddhist design. There’s a subway station in Seoul that has that very design in metalwork throughout the station. You’ll also see it in many Buddhist temples throughout Asia. So, Dat Lam is correct. The real question is: What made it Chanukah paper? And who included it? My guess is that it came in with holiday gift wrapping paper from China. Now, if it had been the angled swastika with a while background on red paper, then there would be reason for sounding off.

  • Jeremiah Doe

    For those who saw something in this paper please send me some of what you are on as I would like to see the world as perverted as you do. This woman is an idiot and apparently has some followers. Get a life before you end up in a rubber room.

  • Robert Palmer

    I can understand the ladies concern over the swastika, but I would like her to know that the swastika is much much older than the Natzi Germany. If she will just read the book, _The Great Gatsby_, written in the 1920’s she will find a “Swastika Loan Company” and owned by an elderly Jewish guy. Just sayin’.