Amid a flurry of criticism, online retailer Amazon has removed from its page objects with images of the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland that were being sold as holiday souvenirs by a store inside the site.
Bottle openers, mouse pads, and Christmas tree ornaments were marketed as "travel souvenirs," along with decorative pieces from cities and monuments around the world.
In a Twitter post, the Auschwitz Museum harshly criticized the sale of allusive products to the largest concentration camp used by the Nazis during World War II.
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"Auschwitz in a bottle opener is quite disturbing and disrespectful," the museum published on Sunday, urging the online retail giant to remove the items.
Hundreds of users reacted to the post and also requested removal of the products, including contacting Amazon directly.
A company spokesman told DW that the items were taken from the site. "All sellers must follow our sales guidelines, and those who do not will be subject to action, including possible removal of their account. The products in question have been removed," he said.
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Although the items were taken down, the seller's shop remained open.
Earlier this year, Amazon had already faced negative reactions on the Internet by selling carpets and shoes featuring images of Hindu gods. Thousands of social media users, mostly in India, have asked to boycott the shopping site.
The Auschwitz Museum regularly uses social media to draw attention to the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during World War II and also to commemorate Holocaust victims.
Located in southern Poland, Auschwitz was the largest Nazi death camp. At least 1 million people – mostly Jews – died on the spot between 1940 and 1945, until the release of the remaining prisoners by Soviet troops.
The museum also used social media to reinforce the behavior of some memorial visitors, particularly tourists posing for photographs on the train tracks leading into the countryside.