BERLIN (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.D) has pulled out of the sale of the products are decorated with images of the former concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland, including the christmas decorations up in response to a complaint, the organization by maintaining the site as a memorial.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Book store in New York City, united states of america, of February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
The Auschwitz museum was the focus of the product on its Twitter account on Sunday, calling them “distracting and disrespectful” and asked Amazon to remove it. On Monday, Amazon said that it had to be done.
“All the merchants are required to comply with our sales guidelines, and for those of you who don’t, it will be subject to action, including the possible removal of their account,” an Amazon spokesman said.
Amazon’s guidelines for sellers, the following: “Amazon is not a product to promote, encourage or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views.”
The guidelines also state: “We will also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.”
Between 1940 and 1945, about 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered by the Nazis at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in German-occupied Poland.
The Auschwitz museum said that the products in question are still available on the e-commerce market is Like, and called for their removal there as well.
A Desire spokesman said: “These items are completely inappropriate and should not be referred to it by the sellers on our platform. We will have to delete one of them, as a matter of urgency.”
The products include ceramic ornaments, mouse pads and bottle tops adorned with the images of the camps, are made by a company that produces a wide range of souvenirs such as fridge magnets, and mugs with images of popular tourist destinations.
Reuters was not immediately able to get in touch with the maker of one of the restaurants.
“We believe this is an isolated incident,” Pawel Sawicki, a press officer for the Auschwitz Memorial, told Reuters via e-mail. “What seems to be an issue that more and more producers are using single-image grabbing software and the place of the hundreds of photos of their products in the hope of getting customers to find you.”
Reporting by Emma Thomasson and Alan Charlish; Editing by Mark Heinrich