Poland slams Amazon for Auschwitz Christmas ornaments

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

The Christmas decorations on Amazon were discovered little more than a week after Spanish fashion label Loewe withdrew a black and white striped ensemble amid complaints that it resembled the uniforms worn by concentration camp prisoners.

Other images of Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, were being sold on heart and bell shaped merchandise for the price of $12-14.

It said that, "Selling "Christmas ornaments" with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate".

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum spotted the shocking items listed for sale via Amazon on Sunday morning.

The bottle opener features an image of the barbed wire fencing at the camp in Poland described by the seller as "a handsome pattern nested in the middle".

Nazi Germany set up the death camp after occupying Poland during World War II.

"The products in question have been removed", an Amazon spokesperson said, stressing that all sellers must abide by the company's guidelines.

These items were also later removed by Amazon. "We ask @amazon to remove the items of those suppliers", read a message posted on the museum's official Twitter account.

After another wave of angry responses, the memorial confirmed those products were later removed as well.

According to Amazon's policy, products "related to human tragedies" are not allowed. "Thank you to those who reacted, reported and put pressure here", the Auschwitz museum tweeted.

"We exercise judgment in allowing or prohibiting listings and we keep our global community of customers and cultural differences and sensitivities in mind when reviewing and making a decision on products".

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