Victor Perahia, who survived the Holocaust as a child, shows a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas during a workshop at the Drancy Shoah memorial, Jan. 30, 2020
Holocaust survivor Victor Perahia displays a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas
Photo: AP
Holocaust survivor Victor Perahia displays a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas

Amazon delists 'yellow star' Holocaust-themed t-shirts

Online retail giant removes shirt emblazoned with a Star of David, saying 'all sellers must follow our selling guidelines,'; Holocaust Educational Trust chief says 'It is incomprehensible that this item would be sold under "novelty" t-shirts'

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Published: 09.09.20 , 14:52
Following an outcry, Amazon has removed from sale a novelty Holocaust t-shirt emblazoned with a yellow star patch in the style Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear during World War II.
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  • The yellow star inscribed with the word "Jude" (German for Jew) is one of the enduring symbols of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews, and is still seen as a blatant symbol of anti-Semitism.
    Victor Perahia, who survived the Holocaust as a child, shows a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas during a workshop at the Drancy Shoah memorial, Jan. 30, 2020 Victor Perahia, who survived the Holocaust as a child, shows a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas during a workshop at the Drancy Shoah memorial, Jan. 30, 2020
    Holocaust survivor Victor Perahia displays a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied areas
    (Photo: AP)
    “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," the online mega-retailer said.
    "The product in question is no longer available.”
    According to the London-based Jewish Chronicle, the decision follows an inquiry from the Holocaust Educational Trust, a British charity devoted to preserving and communicating the history of the Holocaust for younger generations.
    Holocaust Educational Trust CEO Karen Pollock told the outlet that, “Time and time again we have made clear to Amazon that selling items which trivialize the Holocaust are unacceptable. It is incomprehensible that this item would be sold under ‘novelty’ t-shirts."
    “The Holocaust was not something to create merchandise for profit, it was the systematic murder of six million Jewish men, women and children," she said.
    "This item needs to be removed - and once again we implore Amazon to take this issue seriously and re-evaluate its policies.”
    Reprinted courtesy of i24NEWS

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