Saturday, 07 December, 2019


Auschwitz Christmas ornaments up for sale on Amazon

Amazon withdraws 'disturbing' Christmas ornaments bearing images of Auschwitz Amazon withdraws 'disturbing' Christmas ornaments bearing images of Auschwitz
Bennie Garza | 02 December, 2019, 14:38

On Monday, the state memorial said it was still calling on another online outlet, Wish Shopping, to stop selling the products.

The museum called Amazon out in a tweet earlier, saying, "Selling "Christmas ornaments" with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate".

Amazon came under fire Sunday for marketing an array of Auschwitz concentration camp-themed products, including Christmas ornaments, mousepads and bottle openers.

It included a mousepad titled "Massacre Auschwitcz Birkenau Jewish Death" with the name of the concentration camp spelled incorrectly and a Christmas tree decoration featuring with a freight auto "used for deporting Jews for extermination", the museum said.

At 8pm on Sunday, after Amazon said it had removed the ornaments, the museum tweeted once again to flag that more "disturbing" items were still available from the website.

These items were also later removed by Amazon.

Other products were found including a computer mousepad showing a photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, and a Christmas ornament with a picture of a freight vehicle used to transport people there.

The bottle opener features an image of the barbed wire fencing at the camp in Poland described by the seller as "a attractive pattern nested in the middle".

The museum's post brought the items to the attention of others on social media who condemned Amazon.

"The products in question have been removed", an Amazon spokesperson said, stressing that all sellers must abide by the company's guidelines.

All displayed scenes from the Nazi death camp where millions of people were killed in World War Two.

According to the retailer's offensive and controversial materials policy, products related to human tragedies are not allowed to be sold on the site.

"Thank you to those who reacted, reported and put pressure here", it said.

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