An online marketplace has come under fire after it emerged a user was trying to sell “disturbing and disrespectful” items printed with images of Auschwitz.
A miniskirt, cushion and tote bag were among the merchandise put up for sale on Redbubble.
The items, priced between £12 and £35, were branded “nauseating” and “disgusting” by people online.
.@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
The seller was reported to the team running the site by officials at the Auschwitz Memorial charity.
The group tweeted: “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.”
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
Redbubble, which has its headquarters in Australia, said it had taken taken immediate action to remove the items and stressed that it was individual users who bare responsibility for the images they upload.
“Redbubble takes a strong stance against racism and violence, including the atrocities committed in Nazi concentration camps,” the firm said.
“We have onsite reporting functions in place should community members discover works that breach these guidelines that have not yet been removed by our team.
“We are grateful when any such material on the site is brought to our attention.”