Christmas decorations showing Auschwitz death camp
Auschwitz-themed Christmas decorations
Photo: Screenshot
Auschwitz-themed Christmas decorations

Amazon slammed for offering Auschwitz-themed Xmas decorations

Online retail titan criticized after offering Christmas ornaments with images of Nazi death camp and while store appears to have removed items, others have appeared; Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum calls sale of such items 'disturbing and disrespectful'

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Updated: 12.02.19 , 12:55
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum on Sunday criticized U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon for selling Christmas ornaments with images of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, calling them inappropriate.
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  • The museum at the site of the former camp in southern Poland tweeted screenshots of the items showing train tracks and barracks and requested that Amazon remove them from their site.
    Christmas decorations showing Auschwitz death campChristmas decorations showing Auschwitz death camp
    Auschwitz-themed Christmas decorations
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    "Selling ''Christmas ornaments'' with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate," the museum tweeted. "Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful."
    The museum added later that Amazon appeared to have removed the items - but then posted a follow-up saying it had discovered others.
    Bottle opener showing Auschwitz death campBottle opener showing Auschwitz death camp
    Auschwitz-themed bottle opener
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    Those include a "disturbing" mousepad and a ceramic Christmas ornament with a freight car used for deporting Jews for extermination.
    Nazi Germany set up the death camp after occupying Poland during World War II.
    The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany's genocide of six million European Jews, with one million killed at the camp between 1940 to 1945.
    More than 100,000 non-Jews also died there, according to the museum. An estimated 232,000 of the victims were children.

    First published: 12:55 , 12.02.19
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