Australian Website Blasted for Making Money Out of the Auschwitz Nazi Death Camp

Published May 9th, 2019 - 10:42 GMT
Photos taken from the Australia-based Redbubble website for pillows, skirts and bags bearing photos of Auschwitz. (Al Bawaba News)
Photos taken from the Australia-based Redbubble website for pillows, skirts and bags bearing photos of Auschwitz. (Al Bawaba News)

Disturbing photos of skirts, T-shirts and other products featuring photos of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland have been circulating the internet provoking a public outcry in the world.

The images went viral after the Memorial and Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi German death camp in Poland, went to Twitter to protest an online vending site selling miniskirts, T-shirts, pillows and other products bearing photos from the camp, where more than a million people were killed in World War II.

They addressed the online vending website saying offering such products with photos of a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1.1 million people were murdered is “disturbing and disrespectful”.

The items emerged on sale in the Australia-based Redbubble vending site, that allows artists to create their designs and sell them directly to the public.

In the photos, a mini-skirt appeared featuring a chimney while pillows showed train tracks that led people to their deaths. One bag showed an image of an electric fence with the words ‘Attention!, High voltage! Risk of death!’ written in German across it.

However, it faced massive backlash and controversy for allowing such products to go on sale on the website pages.

Redbubble were also criticized for their choice of artists to sell products on the platform.

In response, the Australian website went to the media to confirm they are taking actions to remove the products that go against their guidelines.

Meanwhile, the museum’s official Twitter account went to tweet again that some of the items that bear the  Auschwitz were removed from the website.

Auschwitz was built by Nazi German in then-Occupied Poland where mostly Jews, Poles, Gypsies, and Russians were killed. The memorial and museum has been there for years to make sure those victims will be remembered and respected.


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