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April 24, 2015 12:55 pm

Fashion Designer Who Said ‘I Love Hitler’ to Help Launch British Jewish Learning Initiative

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Italian-British fashion designer John Galliano will help launch a new Jewish learning center.

Fashion designer John Galliano will be launching the inaugural session of a London Jewish learning center sponsored by the U.K. Chief Rabbinate later this month.

Galliano — who was fired from Christian Dior over an antisemitic rant — has been working to mend fences with the Jewish community, the British Jewish Chronicle reported on Friday, and the event at a synagogue in the West End is meant to be a continuation of that process.

Galliano will be featured guest at the initiative’s opening session of a new program called CONNECT, organized by three West End synagogues and designed to bring “Jews and Jewish learning back into the West End.”

The fashion designer lost his job at Christian Dior in 2011 following an antisemitic rant he made at a Paris bar in which he declared, “I love Hitler” and told two women that their mothers and “forefathers would all be … gassed.”

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Shortly after, a video surfaced showing Galliano making similar comments at the same bar about a year before.

Galliano will be part of a panel discussing fashion and other issues.

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