A website where independent artists can sell their wares has removed products including prints of Auschwitz, after the Death Camp’s official memorial organisation described them as “disturbing and disrespectful.”
Redbubble, which says it is “a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork”, was asked by the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial whether the company thought “selling such products…with the images of Auschwitz - a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1.1 million people were murdered - is acceptable?”
.@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
Items featuring pictures of the camps were available to buy on the site, including miniskirts (approximately £30), throw pillows (approximately £40) tote bags and coffee cups.
Of the more than 1.1 million people murdered at Auschwitz and its satellite camps, the overwhelming majority were Jews.
Redbubble responded by saying it was “grateful to be made aware of these concerns” and confirmed that it would be taking “immediate action to remove these and similar works”, saying that “the nature of this content is not acceptable.”
We appreciate that this has been brought 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.— Redbubble Help (@RedbubbleHelp) May 7, 2019
People on social media described the items as “disgusting”, “obscene” and “appalling.”
Some called for a boycott of Redbubble, while others asked the company to make a donation to the Auschwitz Memorial.
The Australian company has a global presence, with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco and Berlin. The Redbubble website receives millions of visitors each month.