Death camp ornaments for Christmas

Central Station | 3 Dec 2019

A Polish museum has slammed US e-commerce giant Amazon for selling Christmas ornaments with images of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The museum at the site of the former camp in southern Poland tweeted screenshots of items showing train tracks and barracks and requested that Amazon remove them from its site.

"Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful," the museum said of one of the items.

It added later that the images had been removed, but then posted a follow-up saying it had discovered more. They include a "disturbing" mousepad and a ceramic Christmas ornament with a freight car used for deporting Jews for extermination.

The Nazis set up the camp after occupying Poland during World War II. The site has become a symbol of genocide: of six million European Jews one million were killed at the camp from 1940 to 1945. More than 100,000 non-Jews also died there, and about 232,000 victims were children.

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