Amazon criticized for selling Christmas ornaments with Auschwitz images

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Amazon has come under fire for selling Christmas ornaments and bottle openers featuring images of the site of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

The products were taken off the Amazon website hours after the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Europe asked the site to remove the items on Sunday morning.

“Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful. We ask @amazon to remove the items of those suppliers,” the museum said.

The Auschwitz ornaments included the iconic image of train tracks leading to the entrance of Auschwitz and an image of reconstructed barracks with a path down the middle.

Among the other Polish landmarks featured on the porcelain Christmas ornaments are Wawel Castle in Krakow, Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, and the riverfront of the city of Gdansk.