Amazon Pulls Auschwitz-Themed Ornaments From Marketplace
Ornaments and other items depicted the concentration camp that Nazis used to kill Jewish people during WWII.
Amazon has yanked several offensive products from its Marketplace after items featuring Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were found on its site.
On Sunday, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland tweeted several screenshots of bottle openers and holiday ornaments being sold on Amazon depicting the Nazi death camp. Later that day, they followed up with more screenshots from the site that showed mousepads and ornaments with freight cars on them, titled "Massacre Auschwitcz (!) Birkenau Jewish Death." In World War II, Nazi soldiers would transport Jewish people to concentration camps in the freight cars depicted on the ornaments.
“Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful,” the museum stated.
An Amazon spokesperson later confirmed that the anti-Semitic “products in question” had been removed from Amazon Marketplace, though the seller’s profile was still active.
“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.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has had to pull offensive products from its platform. In March, they pulled books on how to allegedly “cure autism” by using potentially life-threatening methods from the site. They also pulled anti-vaccine documentaries off of Amazon Prime earlier this year.