Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

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The barbed wire and buildings at the former Auschwitz concentration camp
Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps

Amazon has withdrawn a range of “Christmas ornaments” displaying images of a former concentration camp that sellers had posted on its website.

The move followed a tweet from Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial calling on the retailer to remove the “disturbing and disrespectful” merchandise.

It included Christmas tree decorations, a bottle opener and a mouse-pad.

All displayed scenes from the Nazi death camp where mass killing was conducted in World War Two.

The Christmas merchandise featured images from Auschwitz including the railway line leading to its infamous gates, the barbed wire fences and the buildings where it housed victims – mainly Jews.

The memorial and museum later posted an update to say the items had been removed and thanked social media users for their “activity and response” after the post attracted thousands of retweets.

Twitter post by @AuschwitzMuseum

Auschwitz Memorial@AuschwitzMuseum

It seems that @amazon has removed all of the “Christmas ornaments” with the images of the former Auschwitz camp. Thank you everyone for your activity and response. https://twitter.com/auschwitzmuseum/status/1201069830553649153 …Auschwitz Memorial@AuschwitzMuseumSelling “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://www.amazon.com/s?k=Fcheng+poland&ref=nb_sb_noss …14.1K7:33 PM – Dec 1, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,350 people are talking about thisReport

End of Twitter post by @AuschwitzMuseum

But later Auschwitz Memorial posted again to say “sadly, it’s not over yet”.

It said it had found a “disturbing online product” from another seller – a computer mouse-pad bearing the image of a freight train used for deporting people to the concentration camps.

Twitter post 2 by @AuschwitzMuseum

Auschwitz Memorial@AuschwitzMuseum

Sadly, it is not over yet @amazon. The “Massacre Auschwitcz (!) Birkenau Jewish Death” mousepad is another disturbing online product. We are not sure if @yadvashem would like the “Christmas ornament” with a freight car used for deporting Jews for extermination either. https://twitter.com/AuschwitzMuseum/status/1201207817086099457 …

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Auschwitz Memorial@AuschwitzMuseumIt seems that @amazon has removed all of the “Christmas ornaments” with the images of the former Auschwitz camp. Thank you everyone for your activity and response. https://twitter.com/auschwitzmuseum/status/1201069830553649153 …2,1279:06 PM – Dec 1, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,079 people are talking about thisReport

End of Twitter post 2 by @AuschwitzMuseum

Amazon said the “products in question have been removed”.

“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account,” the company added.

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