A study, conducted last year, found that two-thirds of Millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is, so here’s a quick history lesson.
KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres set up during World War II. Over 1,1 million men, women, and children lost their lives there.
You’re now able to visit the site. It’s supposed to remind people of the horrors of World War II, but a lot of the time, we’re reminded that influencers don’t have the capacity to show respect in places where respect is due.
They had to remove a statue of Hitler in 2017, because people kept taking happy selfies with it.
Moving on to the latest display of ignorance.
Someone was trying to sell Christmas decorations featuring pictures of the death camp on Amazon.
This, from METRO:
The Auschwitz Museum took to Twitter [yesterday] to post screenshots of [the Christmas decorations].
Decorations included star and bell-shaped Christmas tree baubles featuring photographs of the death camp.
A magnetic bottle opener was also on sale featuring a scene from the camp described as ‘the former Jewish district in Krakow’.
We honestly have no idea why anyone would do this.
The Auschwitz museum, which preserves the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, called on the website to remove them from sale on social media.
They wrote: ‘Selling ‘Christmas ornaments’ with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate. ‘Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful.
Social media users who came across the ornaments were horrified. Amazon received thousands of complaints and consequently removed the ornaments and other items from the site.
An Amazon spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.
They might want to start taking a closer look at the products on the website.
A closer look at the people who created and tried to sell these ornaments is also in order.
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