“Christmas ornaments” with images of the former Auschwitz German Death Camp, where around 1 million people were murdered during WWII, appeared for sale on Amazon website a couple of days ago.
The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum called Amazon out in a tweet on Sunday which said “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.”
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. https://t.co/0uG2JG558e pic.twitter.com/ucZoTWPk1W
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 1, 2019
One of them is in the shape of a snowflake with an image of barbed wire and brick buildings. The description reads, “Ideal for city souvenirs, to commemorate and collection the cities you have visited.”
After Auschwitz Memorial Museum, Jewish Telegraphing Agency and the social media pressure, Amazon said that the “products in question” were removed from its website. An Amazon’s spokeswoman said in a statement that the products had been removed and 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 Germans initially built Auschwitz for Polish political prisoners, who numbered about 150,000. On June 14th 1940, first transport from the prison in Tarnów amounting to 728 Poles arrived to Auschwitz. Among the prisoners, who were brought to the camp, there were soldiers participating in the September Campaign, members of underground resistance organisations, secondary school students and higher education students. Later the camp began being used to exterminate Jews and other nations.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the event of the Polish Republic commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War at Warsaw, Poland on 1 September 2019 said: “As President of the Federal Republic of Germany, I, along with the Federal Chancellor, want to tell all Poles today that we will not forget. We will not forget the wounds that Germans inflicted on Poland. We will not forget the suffering of Polish families and nor will we forget the courage of their resistance. We will never forget (the Presidents repeats in Polish: “Nigdy nie zapomnimy”)”.