Owner says he doesn't read English and had no idea what the image referred to A fashion chain has removed bags with a Nazi-themed design from its shelves after complaints from South China Morning Post readers. The bags, bearing an image of a second world war German soldier, have been on the shelves of the Paradise chain of shops since last month. The soldier has an SS symbol on his hat and the bag carries the slogan: 'Keep it up brother, there's a lot of countries left to invade.' The bags had not sold well, according to a salesman at the chain's outlet in Metrocity Plaza II in Tseung Kwan O. Louis Yau, owner of the chain, said he had thought the image was 'appealing' and had not realised what the image was referring to. He was told that several Post readers had complained the bags were offensive. Mr Yau said he did not read English and had no idea what the slogan meant. The chain also sells bags with a pattern of the Iron Cross, a symbol used in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Mr Yau said the bags were sold in three outlets in Diamond Hill, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. The bags featuring the SS soldier were produced in Hong Kong but designed by freelancers on the mainland, while those with an Iron Cross were bought at a wholesale market in Guangzhou. 'There are plenty of them in Guangzhou and Dongguan. I haven't heard of any complaints,' Mr Yau said. He admitted what he had done was ignorant, but said he had not meant to cause offence. 'If people feel uncomfortable about the bags, I can pull them from the shelves,' he said. 'I have children, too. I don't want this kind of stuff to have a bad influence on youngsters,' he said. Sales staff at the Tseung Kwan O and Diamond Hill stores said the bags came off the shelves on Friday afternoon. The Israeli consulate said it was looking into the matter. 'Nazism shouldn't be glorified,' a spokesman said. Last August fashion chain Izzue decorated 14 stores with swastikas and Nazi flags to promote Nazi-themed clothing. The line was withdrawn after public outrage.