Warsaw: The Auschwitz museum called on US e-commerce billionaire Jeff Bezos to remove Nazi era anti-Semitic children’s books featured on his Amazon global digital sales platform.
“Hateful, virulently antisemitic Nazi propaganda is available for sale not only on @AmazonUK,” the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted on its official account. “Books by authors like Julius Streicher can be found also on @amazon & @AmazonDE. Such books should be removed immediately. @JeffBezos @Amazon,” it said in a post that also featured screen-grabs of the books for sale on the platform.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) February 21, 2020
Among them is an anti-Semitic children’s book titled The Poisonous Mushroom authored by Nazi party member Julius Streicher and originally published in 1938. The book is offered on Amazon for sale in its original German (Der Giftpilz) as well as English, French and Spanish, an online search confirmed.
Last year, Lithuania called on Amazon to stop selling Soviet-themed goods online, saying the hammer-and-sickle symbol offended victims of totalitarian communism. Over the last 18 months Amazon pulled several books by far-right authors including David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan; and George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party; according to the New York Times. It also banned other books that were anti-Semitic in nature, the NYT reported earlier this month.