Auschwitz Museum Criticizes Retailer For Selling Concentration Camp Merchandise
By Izza Sofia, 09 May 2019
Image via Steve Allen / Shutterstock.com
Previously getting its hands tied with ignorant Instagrammers, the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Poland now places its attention on a store that sells products featuring photos of Nazi concentration camps.
The museum took to Twitter to voice out its frustrations towards Red Bubble, an online marketplace for independent artists, which has been retailing the offensive products. It called the company “disturbing and disrespectful,” and questioned how displaying images of Auschwitz—“a place of enormous human tragedy”—could be deemed acceptable.
The tweet included product photos including a mini skirt branded “chimney” and a pillow displaying the infamous railroad tracks that led to the death of millions of people in Nazi gas chambers.
Red Bubble responded to the museum’s post, saying that the range wasn’t in line with its community guidelines. It would thus be removing the products and “similar works” from its website.
The debacle caught the attention of social media users, who labeled Red Bubble “sick and perverted” for having Auschwitz merchandise on its site. One Twitter user said he was speechless after coming across the merchandise.
.@redbubble Do you really think that selling such products as pillows, mini skirts or tote bags with the images of Auschwitz - a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1,1 million people were murdered - is acceptable? This is rather disturbing and disrespectful. pic.twitter.com/cdPvZGMXC6— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) May 7, 2019
We have been wondering @redbubble if "the nature of this content" is also "not acceptable" for you and is "not in line with your Community Guidelines"? We wish to bring this to your attention. pic.twitter.com/seCe8xr31W— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) May 8, 2019
[via Ad Age, opening image via Steve Allen / Shutterstock.com]
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