Amazon slow to stop vendors from selling Holocaust Christmas tree ornaments
Outrage on social media over a recent discovery that Amazon is carrying products that many people are appalled by–Holocaust ornaments. It was the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum who first raised awareness of the tasteless line of products which include a decaled can-opener dawning a picture of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as well as Christmas tree ornaments that show train track leading into a camp’s entrance.
The Museum contacted the retailer and demanded such products be taken down from the website to which Amazon concurred. Shortly thereafter the Museum discovered more products including a computer mouse pad that displayed the freight cars used to transport Jewish people and anybody the Nazi’s considered to be “undesirable”.
The Museum, which is located on site in Auschwitz, Poland described the products as “disgusting” and “disturbing”. Amazon has confirmed that they will keep watch for such products in the future and have them taken down and in certain cases, have the sellers’ accounts deleted. This prompted a public response from the museum to thank Amazon.
However, since then more Holocaust products have been posted, despite Amazon’s policy that “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.”
“After the incident, everyone was forced to go back to work. No time to decompress. Basically watch a man pass away and then get told to go back to work, everyone, and act like it’s fine,” said an Amazon co-worker on the shift to the Guardian.
“How can you not see a 6’3 man laying on the ground and not help him within 20 minutes? A couple of days before, he put the wrong product in the wrong bin and within two minutes management saw it on camera and came down to talk to him about it,” said Billy’s brother Edward Foister to the British paper.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a nonprofit worker advocacy organization, has put Amazon on its “dirty dozen” list for poor working conditions that have led to injuries and deaths at Amazon facilities in the past several years.
“This year , we’ll identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures,” said National COSH rep. Marcy Goldstein-Gelb at the time.
“Bill was on the floor for quite some time and nobody knew that time until cameras were reviewed, but in 20 minutes a worker in a nearby department saw him lying on the floor and then began radio callouts for 911. It really is unbelievable how Bill was laying there for 20 minutes and nobody nearby saw until an Amnesty worker with a radio came by,” said another co-worker to the Guardian.
“[Amazon works] hard to provide a safe, quality working environment for the 250,000 hourly employees across Amazon’s US facilities,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
Foister, who was a stocker and scanner, died at an Amazon facility in Etna, Ohio. It happened a week after he’d complained of chest pains and a headache, was sent to a clinic, was prescribed two drinks to aid dehydration and ordered back to work.
The same facility had another employee die in March from cardiac arrest, too.
In Canada, major city’s have been trying to woo Amazon to open new facilities in their jurisdictions by offering large subsidies.
“There was no reason for my brother to have died. He went to AmCare complaining about chest pains. He should have been sent to the hospital, not just sent back to work just to put things like toothpaste in a bin so somebody can get it in an hour,” said Foister’s brother. “It seems Amazon values money way more than life. If they did their job right, I wouldn’t have had to bury my little brother.”