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Amazon removes Christmas ornaments with photos of Auschwitz concentration camp

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 02/12/2019 Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY

a building covered in snow: The Jan. 26, 2015 file photo shows the entrance to the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz with the "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets you Free) writing above, in Oswiecim, Poland. © Alik Keplicz, AP The Jan. 26, 2015 file photo shows the entrance to the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz with the "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets you Free) writing above, in Oswiecim, Poland. Amazon has removed Christmas ornaments and other items with images of concentration camps after the Auschwitz Memorial raised concerns about their sale.

A Twitter account for the Auschwitz Memorial shared images Sunday of Christmas ornaments, a mouse pad and a bottle opener listed for sale on Amazon that featured images of the Nazi death camp.

The memorial called the items not appropriate and "disturbing and disrespectful."

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According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. A total of 6 million Jews were killed in the genocide, the museum says.

In its tweets, the memorial asked that Amazon remove the items, which were listed by various third-party sellers. An initial tweet showed Christmas ornaments and the bottle opener, while a follow-up tweet showed the mouse pad and another ornament.

In a statement, Amazon said the items had been removed.

This picture shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's centre in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images) This picture shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's centre in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

"All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account," the company added.

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