Amazon Sparks Fury Over Retail Of Holocaust-Inspired Christmas Ornaments
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Dec 2019
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About 1.1 million people were reported to have been murdered at the Auschwitz concentration camp between 1940 and 1945, including one million Jews. The Holocaust is thus by no means a cause for celebration, but its semblance has somehow made its way to festive decorations.
Amazon is once again under fire for authorizing the retail of products with outrageous overtones. This time around, a collection of Christmas ornaments and bottle openers with imagery of the Auschwitz camp complex has surfaced on the platform, as reported by The Blaze.
According to the Jewish Telegraph Agency, graphics printed on the ornaments included one of the train tracks leading to the camp, the star of David, and an image of the barracks where people were being imprisoned.
The festive decorations were also purportedly labeled as “travel souvenirs” by the seller.
The retail was pointed out by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which tweeted, “Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful,” before calling upon the online marketplace to take down the products.
Since then, the decorations have been pulled from the site in response to complaints and for violating Amazon’s selling guidelines.
Selling "Christmas ornaments" with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful. We ask @amazon to remove the items of those suppliers. https://t.co/0uG2JG558e pic.twitter.com/ucZoTWPk1W— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 1, 2019
[via The Blaze, images via various sources]
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