Monday 16 December 2019

Auschwitz-themed Christmas decorations removed from sale by Amazon after outrage from public

The Auschwitz Museum in Poland took to Twitter to condemn the online retailer for selling the products on its website, calling the products “disturbing and disrespectful”. Stock image
The Auschwitz Museum in Poland took to Twitter to condemn the online retailer for selling the products on its website, calling the products “disturbing and disrespectful”. Stock image

Jennifer Hassan

Amazon has halted the sale of Auschwitz-themed products such as Christmas decorations, a mouse pad and a bottle opener from its website, following an outpouring of disgust on social media.

The items featured images from Auschwitz, the former Nazi camp where about 1.1 million men, women and children died during World War II.

The Auschwitz-themed star holiday decoration was described as a "high-quality snowflake", while one seller, going by the name of Fcheng, had described the bottle opener as a "memorable gift, perfect for every festival".

The Auschwitz Museum in Poland took to Twitter to condemn the online retailer for selling the products on its website, calling the products "disturbing and disrespectful".

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

Many on social media also expressed outrage. Over the weekend, many called on Amazon to remove the products and apologise.

"All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account," Amazon said in a statement to the 'Washington Post' yesterday. "The products in question have been removed."

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