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Karl Lagerfeld Claims Taking In Refugees Is Embracing The Enemies Of Jews

According to a report in the Times of Israel Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld evoked controversy this week when he made an appearance on French talk show Canal 8 and eviscerated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her open borders policy.

According to a translation provided by the Times, Lagerfeld said, “You cannot kill millions of Jews and then take in millions of their worst enemies afterwards, even if there are decades [between the events].”

He went on to claim that Merkel was trying to rebrand “after the wicked step-mother image she gave herself in the Greek crisis.”

Lagerfeld’s statement induced hundreds of critical comments claiming that Lagerfeld’s statements were racist and Islamophobic. France’s Higher Audiovisual Council is currently investigating the matter.

Michelle Honig is a style writer at the Forward. Contact her at honig@forward.com. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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