Website removes Auschwitz-themed skirts and cushions after outcry

Redbubble announced that it would take 'immediate action' after the Auschwitz Memorial asked why the products were being sold


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?”

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.”

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.

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