Amazon has pulled Auschwitz-inspired Christmas tree ornaments and other products from its website after the merchandise sparked outrage on social media.
According to CNN and The New York Times, the move came hours after Poland's Auschwitz Memorial tweeted screenshots of Amazon listings for ornaments and a bottle opener bearing photos of the former Nazi death camp.
"Selling 'Christmas ornaments' with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate," the memorial wrote Sunday morning. "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
On Sunday afternoon, the memorial also flagged an Auschwitz-themed mouse pad and another ornament featuring an image of "a freight car used for deporting Jews for extermination."
"Sadly, it is not over yet @amazon," the tweet read.
Sadly, it is not over yet @amazon. The "Massacre Auschwitcz (!) Birkenau Jewish Death" mousepad is another disturbing online product. We are not sure if @yadvashem would like the "Christmas ornament" with a freight car used for deporting Jews for extermination either. https://t.co/qDEEzqzwSU pic.twitter.com/wXExhFZPmV— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 1, 2019
The items, all sold by third parties, were later removed, CNN and the Times reported. In a statement, Amazon confirmed that it had taken down the items.
"All sellers must follow our selling guidelines, and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account," the statement read, according to CNN.
Another group of products - a mousepad with images from Birkenau and Christmas ornament with a freight train car from Yad Vashem has been removed from @amazon. Thank you to those who reacted, reported and put pressure here. https://t.co/hzJtMAJqNa pic.twitter.com/ZdbEIFoGeQ— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 2, 2019
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