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US Online Store Faces Flak for Selling Nazi Auschwitz Themed Clothes and Home Decor

The morbid collection even boasted of a tote bag with the words "High voltage. Risk of death", printed along with an image of electric fences that kept the prisoners of the concentration camps from escaping and 'Dr Holocaust print' T-shirt.

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Updated:May 10, 2019, 2:57 PM IST
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US Online Store Faces Flak for Selling Nazi Auschwitz Themed Clothes and Home Decor
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Fashion can be bizarre and even off-putting sometimes. But when it is 'inspired' from horrible crimes done onto humanity, it can be downright offensive.

An American online retail store by the name of Red Bubble has come under fire after it posted Auschwitz-themed mini-skirts, T-shirts and cushion covers for sale on their official website.

The articles were printed with photos of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp that saw the murder of at least 1.1 million Jews, in pre-World War II in Poland. The items including apparel such as mini skirts, T-shirts and items of home decor including cushion covers were printed with photos of the concentration camps, electric fences, and other Auschwitz "memorabilia".

The morbid collection even boasted of a tote bag with the words "High voltage. Risk of death", printed along with an image of electric fences that kept the prisoners of the concentration camps from escaping and a 'Dr Holocaust' print T-shirt.

The store has been called out for the offensive products on social media. One of the critics was the Auschwitz Museum in Germany which reminded the it of the dark history of Auschwitz, an erstwhile group of 90 concentration camps that sent over a million Jews, Soviet war prisoners, Jehovah's witnesses, handicapped persons and homosexuals to the grate.

A total of 1.3 million prisoners were sent to Auschwitz. Most the ones who survived death by incineration were subjected to torture, starvation and used as human guinea pigs for medical and genetic experiments.

Calling it "disturbing and disrespectful", Auschwitz officials asked, "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?"

After backlash, the website took down the merchandise and wrote on Twitter that the products were not acceptable. However, shocked netizens were not convinced and wrote against the horrible effects of capitalism.

This is not the first time that Auschwitz Memorial, the resident body in charge of the remains of the concentration camps in Oświęcim, Poland, have come to the defence of the memorial. Previously, it reprimanded tourists for posting photos posing on the train tracks or otherwise disrespecting the monument that witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in history.

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