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Online store slammed for selling Auschwitz skirts






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A website has come under criticism for selling items with images of Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp. The website Redbubble has apologized for selling skirts, pillows and other products with photos of Auschwitz printed on them. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum called the products "disturbing and disrespectful". It questioned the acceptability of selling products like pillows, skirts or bags with the images. It called Auschwitz, "a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1.1 million people were murdered." Redbubble is taking "immediate action to remove" the items.

At least 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Over 90 per cent were Jews. The Nazis murdered 1.1 million of the detainees between 1940-45. Poles, Romani, Russian prisoners of war and others also died, mostly in the gas chambers. Others died of starvation, hard labor and disease. Redbubble said it, "takes a strong stance against...the atrocities committed in Nazi concentration camps". A Twitter user wrote: "How very disrespectful to the memories of those murdered by the Nazis and the pain of their families."

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