The Dior Family's Strange Wartime HistoryJenna Sauers3/14/11 6:58pmFiled to: In FashionCatherine DiorChristian DiorFrançoise Diorworld war IINazisNaziismjohn gallianodiorAnti-semitismLa resistancethe resistancetweetFb34EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkTen days ago in Paris, just before the most recent Christian Dior fashion show, company C.E.O. Sidney Toledano took the highly unusual step of getting up on the runway to make a speech. The circumstances that led Toledano to take this action were, too, abnormal: Dior's creative director of fifteen years, John Galliano, had been arrested days before for allegedly harassing two strangers with an anti-Semitic and racist diatribe. Another, similar, criminal complaint had just been made by an alleged second victim, and there had also been the release of that now notorious cell phone video of Galliano telling a third group of people, "I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, you'd all be fucking gassed."ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.