WARSAW – Amazon has withdrawn Christmas decorations with images of Poland’s Auschwitz concentration camp from its online shop on Monday.
The move came after the digital giant was criticized by many, including from the Auschwitz museum, for trading the controversial Christmas ornaments.
“Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate,” the museum tweeted.
“Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful.
“We ask Amazon to remove the items of those suppliers.”
The ornaments contained images of the Auschwitz fences and the poster Arbeit macht frei (Work sets you free) that presides over the concentration camp’s main entrance.
After learning about these decorations available on Amazon, the Auschwitz museum published several photographs of the objects on its social networks, causing a barrage of criticism from users around the world against Amazon.
The Auschwitz concentration camp was set up in 1940 by the Nazis in occupied Poland and operated until January 27, 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.
It is estimated that more than one million people, mostly Jews, died in Auschwitz and the adjoining camp, Birkenau (Oswiecim and Brzezinka, in Polish) due to ill-treatment, Zyklon B gas chambers, hunger, exhaustion and disease.
Today, Auschwitz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 200-hectare memorial museum visited every year by more than one million people.