Amazon pulls Auschwitz Christmas decorations from website

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BERLIN (Information) – Amazon (AMZN.O) has withdrawn from sale merchandise embellished with photos of the previous Auschwitz focus camp in Poland together with Christmas decorations after a grievance from the group that preserves the positioning as a memorial.

FILE PHOTO: The emblem of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail retailer in New York Metropolis, U.S., February 14, 2019. Information/Brendan McDermid/File Photograph

The Auschwitz museum drew consideration to the merchandise on its Twitter account on Sunday, calling them “disturbing and disrespectful”, and requested Amazon to take away them. On Monday, Amazon mentioned it had finished so.

“All sellers should comply with our promoting tips and those that don’t will probably be topic to motion, together with potential elimination of their account,” an Amazon spokesman mentioned.

Amazon’s tips for sellers embrace the next line: “Amazon doesn’t permit merchandise that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or non secular intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”

The rules additionally state: “We’ll additionally take away listings that graphically painting violence or victims of violence.”

Between 1940 and 1945, about 1.5 million folks, primarily Jews, had been killed by the Nazis on the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in German-occupied Poland.

The Auschwitz museum mentioned the merchandise in query had been nonetheless accessible on e-commerce market Want and known as for his or her elimination there too.

A Want spokesperson mentioned: “These things are fully inappropriate and shouldn’t have been listed by sellers on our platform. We’re eradicating them as a matter of urgency.”

The merchandise embrace ceramic ornaments, laptop mouse pads and bottle tops embellished with photos of the camp, made by an organization which produces a variety of souvenirs like fridge magnets and mugs that includes photos of vacationer locations.

Information was not instantly in a position to contact the maker of the decorations.

“We think about this somewhat an remoted incident,” Pawel Sawicki, press officer for the Auschwitz Memorial, informed Information by electronic mail. “What appears to be a problem is that increasingly more producers use some image-grabbing software program and place tons of of photos on their merchandise hoping to seek out clients.”

Reporting by Emma Thomasson and Alan Charlish; Modifying by Mark Heinrich