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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.”

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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