Amazon Pulls Auschwitz Christmas Baubles From Sale

By Gary Cutlack on at

Amazon has been shamed into actually paying some attention to the crap it lets people sell for once, after it was discovered that either an algorithm or an arsehole was using Amazon to sell Christmas baubles emblazoned with images of the Nazis' Auschwitz concentration camp.

The horrendous merchandise was outed by the official social media account of today's Auschwitz Memorial, which provided one of 2019's understatement of the year contenders in saying: "Selling Christmas ornaments with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate."

Hordes of horrified folk immediately descended upon Amazon's various international help desks to complain and the items -- also including a "Massacre Auschwitz Birkenau Jewish Death mousepad" stocked by another seller -- have since been removed, but the first seller remains online and untroubled by it all, and is happily still offering for sale other printed-on-demand tat like fridge magnets of other less historically sensitive parts of Poland.

The Memorial is now on the hunt for other such sellers of (hopefully) image-scraped and automatically produced material, with the Wish shopping aggregator in the firing line today for its line of double-sided porcelain "Auschwitz War Camp Prison Christmas Xmas Tree" ornaments.

Amazon says it's not its fault, obviously, and blames the third-party shops for not properly adhering to "selling guidelines." [Twitter via BBC]