The e-commerce companies Amazon and Wish faced backlash this week for allowing the sale of Holocaust-themed Christmas ornaments on their websites.
On Sunday, the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum raised concerns that porcelain holiday ornaments and bottle openers featuring pictures of the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland were being sold on Amazon’s online marketplace.
Over 1.1 million people — mostly Jews — were killed at the camp by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The ornaments were categorized as “travel souvenirs.” One ornament featured images of the train tracks leading to the entrance of the concentration camp. Another featured an image of the barracks at Auschwitz.
Other ornaments for sale included ones featuring pictures of other famous sites in Poland.
“Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate,” a Sunday tweet from the Auschwitz Memorial reads. “Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful. We ask @amazon to remove the items of those suppliers.”
Amazon responded promptly by removing the products from its website. A spokesperson for the company also confirmed with the German news outlet DW that the items of concern had 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 Amazon spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Amazon’s seller guidelines state that “products related to human tragedies and natural disasters” are prohibited. Additionally, Amazon prohibits “products that promote intolerance based on race, religion, and sexual orientation.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith