Amazon stops selling ‘Auschwitz’ Christmas ornaments after uproar, but more items pop up .... Credit: Dan TZ</em>
Screen capture … Entryway to Auschwitz death camp …

Someone at Amazon was obviously asleep at the switch, before a tidal wave of online protests over a macabre and contemptible set of third-party listings on the retail giant’s website brought the company to remove them.

Those listings were for Christmas ornaments, bottle openers, and mouse pads celebrating the Holocaust with images of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland where Nazis killed an estimated 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, during World War II.

In a rather restrained tweet on Sunday, the Auschwitz Memorial wrote: “Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful. We ask @amazon to remove the items of those suppliers.”

Photos appearing on the products such as star and bell shaped tree decorations included barbed-wire lined walkways and train tracks from the concentration camp.

One listing for a star-shaped item contained a description saying that it could be given “as a gift” to “friends on different occasions.”

The multitude of Twitter users who replied were not reticent to express their disbelief and outrage, before Amazon quickly acted to remove the offensive product listings.

“Monetizing the monstrosity that was the Holocaust is disgusting and reprehensible,” tweeted @perrybarber …

According to ABC, “The products were not sold directly by Amazon, but by a third-party seller with the username Fcheng.”

An Amazon spokesman said the “products in question had been removed,” adding that “all sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.”

The Auschwitz Memorial subsequently tweeted out still another Amazon seller offering with perhaps an even more grotesquely offensive listing entitled, “Massacre Auschwitcz Birkenau Jewish Death” mouse pad, sold by third party “tree26.”

On Monday morning, the Auschwitz Memorial said it was still working to get another online outlet, Wish Shopping, to remove similar offensive product listings from their site.

Amazon’s policy on offensive and controversial materials prohibits products “related to human tragedies.” The company says that it decides which products are appropriate by considering a “global community of customers and cultural differences and sensitivities.”


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