Critics blasted Amazon on Sunday after the company began selling Christmas ornaments and bottle openers decorated with images of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia notes, the SS and police deported an estimated 1.3 million people to the Auschwitz camp complex between 1940 and 1945. Of these, approximately 1.1 million people were murdered, including one million Jews.
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
Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum wrote on Twitter, “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.”
The Auschwitz ornaments include an image of the train tracks leading to the entrance of the concentration camp, and an image of the barracks where prisoners were housed, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency. At least one of the Christmas tree decorations was printed on an an ornament shaped like a star of David. (Read more from “Amazon Sparks Outrage After Selling Holocaust-Themed Christmas Ornaments” HERE)