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”.
.@redbubble Do you really think that selling such products as pillows, mini skirts or tote bags with the images of Auschwitz - a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1,1 million people were murdered - is acceptable? This is rather disturbing and disrespectful. pic.twitter.com/cdPvZGMXC6— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) May 7, 2019
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.
That is outragous & totally unacceptable & shameful. Having visited the memorial that is Auschwitz/Berkenau twice I am always horrifield at those that choose to pose for photos like it's some sort of disney attraction. That is bad enough but this stoops to another level.— lyn west 🌸🌼 (@LinziLyn) May 8, 2019
Redbubble were also criticized for their choice of artists to sell products on the platform.
@redbubble your 'independent artists' are a bit sick, and you're twisted for promoting it. Well you've got the wrong type of attention. The millions murdered in the holocaust deserve a better memorial than having pictures of #Auschwitz on a skirt or tote bag. This is not fashion.— Kate (@kate_mate_68) May 8, 2019
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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