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Redbubble offered, among others, miniskirts with the photos of gas chambers printed on them and pillows depicting the railway ramp in Auschwtiz II-Birkneau where the selection of prisoners had been made. The company also sold bags with photos of the camp fence and prison block.
“We received information from internauts that such a sale is being conducted. After reviewing it, we can tell that the content is improper and damages the memory of Auschwitz,” commented Bartosz Bartyzel, the museum’s spokesman.
The Auschwitz Memorial’s official Twitter account strongly condemned the sale:
.@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) 7 May 2019
Bartyzel said that such content is fortunately quickly removed and companies usually explain that the pictures were put on clothing “automatically by computers”. Redbubble has already removed the products from sale.
Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940 to imprison Poles. Auschwitz II-Birkenau was built two years later and became the place of doom for Jews. There was also a chain of sub-camps. Germans killed at least 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, most of them Jews, Poles, Roma people and Soviets.
In 1947, a museum was built in the territory of the former camps. In 2018 it had been visited by 2.15 million visitors.