Miniskirts, cushions and bags with imprinted photos of the former German Nazi death camp in Auschwitz have been removed from the online trading platform, owned by a US company by the name of “RedBubble”, after the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s (PMAB) intervention.
The news about the offensive products was communicated by the PMAB via Twitter.
Following the product’s removal, the US company explained itself tweeting that these are independent users who offer their products via its website. Nevertheless, RedBubble agreed that such offensive goods should not be featured on their website.
.@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
And although some of the provocative products were removed from the site, on Wednesday 8 Auschwitz Museum brought attention to another inappropriate product, namely, a t-shirt featuring a bespectacled, bearded man with a legend “Dr. Holocaust wants you to get a beard”.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The nature of this content is not acceptable and is not in line with our Community Guidelines (https://t.co/i9QomriweX). We are taking immediate action to remove these and similar works available on these product types. (1/2)— Redbubble Help (@RedbubbleHelp) May 7, 2019
Shortly after, the company also removed this product.
We have been wondering @redbubble if "the nature of this content" is also "not acceptable" for you and is "not in line with your Community Guidelines"? We wish to bring this to your attention. pic.twitter.com/seCe8xr31W— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) May 8, 2019