Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

Amazon withdraws 'disturbing' Christmas ornaments bearing images of Auschwitz

On Tuesday afternoon the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted that another series of products branded with images of a concentration camp and a train cart used in the Holocaust had been removed from Amazon's online store.

Amazon came under fire Sunday for marketing an array of Auschwitz concentration camp-themed products, including Christmas ornaments, mousepads and bottle openers.

In a tweet, the official Auschwitz Museum account said: "Selling "Christmas ornaments" with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate".

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum posted screenshots of the ornaments on Twitter on Sunday, calling them "disturbing and disrespectful".

The bottle opener features an image of the barbed wire fencing at the camp in Poland described by the seller as "a lovely pattern nested in the middle".

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"The products in question have been removed", the spokesperson said.

Auschwitz was first set up by the Nazis after they occupied Poland during the Second World War.

The company also sells Christmas ornaments featuring landmarks from other countries including the United States.

After another wave of angry responses, the memorial confirmed those products were later removed as well. "Thank you to those who reacted, reported and put pressure here", the Auschwitz museum tweeted.

An Amazon spokeswoman confirmed that the products were not on display any more. The online store offered a bell-shaped tree-hanging ornament depicting the iconic Auschwitz railway station, where prisoners were transported by the Nazis for slave labor and extermination.

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