Two companies educating the public about the Holocaust have called on Amazon to stop Nazi propaganda, highlighting the debate over what should be sold through the world’s largest digital marketplace.
The Holocaust Educational Trust, which trains students and teachers across Britain, posted a letter to Twitter on Friday urging Amazon UK to stop selling books by Julius Streicher, the founder of the Nazi-era anti-Semitic magazine Der Sturmer.
The Chief Executive of the Trust, Karen Pollock, quoted a book entitled The Poisonous Mushroom, a children’s book on Stretcher. The text comparing the Jews to the devil was “made to brainwash an entire generation of Jews who were inherently” evil, “he wrote in an email.
The book was used as evidence for the Nuremberg trial, at which time Stryker was convicted of directing and participating in crimes against humanity. “The front cover alone draws a long-standing and offensive anti-trope, Mrs Pollock wrote. Throughout life, Stryker was committed to the destruction of the Jews. One of his final words was before he was executed in 1946, Hill Hitler.
Mrs Polk’s letter was shared, along with a screen grab of several other anti-Semitic texts sold on Amazon at the Auschwitz-Barkeno Memorial and museum’s Twitter accounts. “This national book should be removed immediately,” the museum wrote.
As of Friday afternoon, Amazon did not appear to be committed to any action.
“As a book salesman, we are aware of book censorship throughout history, and we do not take it lightly,” a representative told The New York Times in a statement. “We believe that providing access to written speech is important, including books that may seem offensive to some, though we have taken the concern seriously and are responding to it from the Holocaust Educational Trust.”
This is not the first time Amazon has been requested to remove “poisonous mushrooms”. Last month, Sheldon Lazarus, creator of the movie “Auschwitz: The Final Witnesses” The Daily Mail, “If Amazon can predict what you want to buy, they should be able to stop this mess.
In the past, Amazon has immediately removed some listings in response to the objections. In December, it is The sale of holiday ornaments and a bottle opener to display a picture of Aswitz at a Nazi concentration camp was halted after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum described the product on social media as “outrageous and disrespectful.”
But Amazon takes a different approach to books than home products. “Amazon’s Offensive Product Policies apply to all products, except books, music, videos and DVDs,” Guidelines Status.
Nevertheless, Amazon has continued policing some hate books. In recent months it has removed several titles from the American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell. A web address of “My Awakening: The Path to Racial Understanding” is now pointing to a page written by David Kuke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader. The dog of an Amazon employee. In July, LGBTQ. Staff Convinced Amazon to stop selling “A Parental Guide to Preventing Homosexuality” by a vocal proponent of the infamous tradition of using “conversion therapy” to straighten out homosexuals
Some third-party book salesmen selling titles on Amazon told the Times earlier this year that they would welcome further clarification on why some texts are banned and others not. They called for the agency to publish a list of banned books.
One of the arguments for allowing the sale of hate books is that these historians can be useful to historians and academics.
Mrs Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust says she does not believe that all books on Striker should be destroyed. “However, there is a difference between being found in a museum / educational institution and only finding toys, gifts and trivia online,” he wrote in an email.
He said that Amazon had told Faith that it was investigating the matter and would return to him within three days.