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Amazon Removes Auschwitz Concentration Camp ‘Christmas Ornaments’ After Backlash

Sydney Brooman 4 Dec 2019

With the availability of personalized ornaments from a plethora of online retailers, there are an inconceivable number of ways to celebrate the winter holidays. No matter what movie, animal, or lifestyle you prefer, there's a Christmas ornament for that.

However, there are certain things that just shouldn't be associated with celebration. I'm not talking "a difference in opinion" kind of thing here—I'm talking certain events that everyone unanimously agrees should not be printed on Christmas ornaments because...obviously. One of those events is the Holocaust because...obviously. No one needs a concentration camp Christmas ornament.

No one asked for a concentration camp ornament. But oh boy, did Amazon decide we needed one anyway.

The Twitter Account Auschwitz Memorial recently became aware that Amazon was selling Auschwitz tree ornaments on their site.

Each ornament has a picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp on it, including, but not limited to, a printed bottle opener. There is even an ornament shaped like the Star of David.

No, I'm not making this up.

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Obviously, the account made it known that Amazon REALLY messed up here.

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"Selling 'Christmas ornaments' with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate," the tweet reads, "Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful."

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"We ask [Amazon] to remove the items of those suppliers."

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The tweet received hundreds of replies of warranted outrage.

"Wasn’t that disgusting?" one user writes, "Who thought this was a good idea? I was appalled. It’s a reminder of the horrors of man & sacred ground to millions. Auschwitz does not belong on trinkets."

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Thankfully, the ornaments have since been removed from the Amazon site.

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"It seems that [Amazon] has removed all of the 'Christmas ornaments' with the images of the former Auschwitz camp," Auschwitz Memorial tweeted out, "Thank you, everyone, for your activity and response."

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Some people seem to think that it was more likely a mistake than an intentional mishap.

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"I think/hope that this isn’t a deliberate listing, rather a computer grabs images and puts them on generic ornaments," one person tweeted, "If (God forbid) someone were to purchase them, then they would make one."

Intentional or not, it was certainly a mistake that Amazon was quick to correct.

h/t: Twitter | @AuschwitzMuseum

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