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Some People Are Demanding To Know Why Amazon Has Auschwitz-Themed Christmas Ornaments On Its Site

Most historians believe that there’s a very specific and yet general type of reverence to be held for the devastation caused by genocide. As one of the more well-known, more recent and studied incidents of human genocide, the  Holocaust is one particular event that has garnered sensitivity and respect from those that have heard about its tragedy. The event which took place during World War II and sparked the mass genocide of six million European Jewish people between 1941 and 1945 has stomach turning and heart wrenching details. For most stories from the Holocaust would never be considered a part of a “celebration” of Christian customs.

But a recent set of items on Amazon has not only promoted widespread outrage on social media but alarm and disgust. 

In a tweet shared this past Sunday Morning, the  Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland shared images of holiday ornaments and other products that featured images of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

According to images posted by he Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Amazon’s marketplace featured products that included ornaments and a bottle ornament that were “adorned” with images of the Nazi built and operated Auschwitz concentration camp. During its operation, Auschwitz held 1.3 million inmates and killed at least 1.1 million. It is said to have held notable inmates like Anne Frank, her father Otto Frank, Edith Stein and Elie Wiesel. Living conditions for the inmates have been described as deeply inhumane and atrocious with few bathrooms, severe lack of access to clean water. Inmates were starved, deprived of food for breakfast, given watered-down soup for lunch and 1.5 cups worth of bread for dinner. 

It’s easy, with just the above small photograph of details of the atrocities committed in mind, to understand why Amazon’s Christmas products have been slammed as disrespectful and disturbing by Auschwitz Memorial. Particularly when the  products being sold were  tree ornaments, a mouse pad and a bottle opener and featured pictures of the Nazi death camp’s train tracks leading to the entrance of Auschwitz II-Birkenau and a number of scenes inside the camps. While sold on Amazon, the retailer for the ornaments is not Amazon it is in fact a brand called Fcheng which sells a number of other ornaments online. 

Backlash from Auschwitz Memorial, sparked the sharing of their post thousands of times on Twitter and prompted questions about Amazon’s product wedding processes. 

By 1pm that same day, the memorial shared that Amazon had taken down the ornaments and according to The New York Times no-one can be found on Amazon for purchase. According to an Amazon spokeswoman’s statement “all sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.” 

According to The New York Times, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League  said in a statement that “it is hard to fathom why anyone would want to hang a Christmas ornament adorned with images of a concentration camp. These ornaments are deeply offensive by any measure. We’re relieved that Amazon has removed these items from sale.”

Amazon’s policy on offensive and controversial materials, the site deems products “related to human tragedies” as prohibited. 

The prolixity states that Amazon determines which products are appropriate by considering a “global community of customers and cultural differences and sensitivities.” This decision does not, however, apply to books, music, videos or DVDs that are sold on the site.

According to The New York Times, Chris McCabe, a former Amazon employee and founder of ecommerceChris, a firm that consults with marketplace sellers, said that it is possible that the increased number of product sales for the holidays could have allowed the slip to happen. “The sheer volume of items being sold on Amazon through third-party sellers makes it challenging to identify and remove all offensive items before they are found by the public,” reported NYT before going on to say that McCabe explained that  the volume of products “also makes it impossible for humans to review all items before they are posted. More than half of the products sold on Amazon.com are from third-party sellers.”

It’s not the first time Amazon has had to pull products from its marketplace.

Last year in July, the website had been seen selling onesies for babies that had images by the alt-right as well as Nazi-themed action figures and anti-Semitic books and music. Earlier this year, the site was also found to be selling various products that were offensive to Muslims. Amazon’s streaming service Amazon Prime Video had also been asked to take down various anti-vaccination documentaries that were available to stream.

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

Listen, we get it. These days are hectic, crazy and very nearly apocalyptic. Whether you’re juggling your work from home routine or dealing with your kids, finding the perfect Mother’s Day Gift might be harder this year than most.

When it comes to this, know that we’ve got your back and understand that procrastination happens. To help we put together the top three Mother’s Day gifts that’ll help you navigate fast-shipping.

Check them out below.

Etsy

Etsy now allows an option that will allow you to search results by delivery date ensuring one-of-a-kind options that will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day. From handmade sweaters, specialty baskets soaps, candles, and embroidered pillows you’ll be able to find it all.

Amazon.com

No doubt for the extreme procrastinator Amazon guarantees on-time shipping for just about everyone. While Prime members are more likely to strike shipping gold with orders from the site, shoppers who’ve yet to subscribe to the premiere membership will likely not be disappointed in last-minute shipping fees.

Start off with Amazon Handmade and their Mother’s Day gift guide.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom now offers all sorts of quick delivery options. From their expedited shipping and pick-up in store to curbside pickup, the big box retailer options all sorts of Mother’s Day goods for the last-minute shopper!

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Guys Talk About The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts To Give Last Minute

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Guys Talk About The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts To Give Last Minute

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to cue the balloons, bouquet of red roses and pink and heart everything! The truth is, even as one of the most manufactured and cheesy holidays, Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful way to remind the person in your life that you love them.

And while it often seems like the pressure has to solely be on one partner, it’s also a time of year for us all to step up.

Fortunately, Reddit is teeming with ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for men.

Check it out below!

“I was in college (22M). I a girl I had known since high school had a crush on me and I could tell. She was a student at the same university and we would occasionally meet our group of friends for lunch. This little gathering had gone on for several semesters and we all knew each other quite well. This girl had a really rough life and a learning disability that prevented her from reading social situations and advancing in her studies. I had been trough an incredibly difficult break up the previous semester and was looking at a lonely Valentine’s day. I am not sure if she was told by a mutual friend or if she took her own initiative but she got me a little sucker bouquet in a coffee mug for me. I have a really bad sweet tooth and am a coffee addict so this was the perfect gift. We ended up getting lunch just the two of us and had a great time. I will always remember how much fun I had.” –Brighter_Lighter

“My girlfriend made me a comic book of us and all of our adventures. Yes I cried.” –FireButchJones

“When I first started dating my now fiance, we worked together, along with her ex. When he found out we were dating he tried talking to me in the breakroom, and casually talked shit, saying shes clingy, etc. Then he said “You know, I would tell you some more stuff but im afraid you’d chirp (while making a talking hand gesture)”. He tried to act ghetto to the point where I was embarrassed for him. That became an inside joke between me and her, and I started saying stuff mockingly, like ‘Im gonna chirp up in this bitch’ and ‘Im chirping in the trap.’ Then it turned into us creating comics back and forth called “The Adventures of Chirp and Trap”. Everyday one of us would draw a comic, and the other would continue the story. Chirp was a bird who usually wore either a cowboy hat or a Rambo outfit, and Trap was a bird in a cage. I think we still have them somewhere, but one of the funniest ones was Chirp having to rescue Trap from a Dothraki horde.” –Treegs

Every year, my mom makes this cookie cake with chocolate and strawberries and it’s the best thing ever. That’s the only ‘gift’ I’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s day (so far) Edit: forgot to take a picture of the first one but luckily she made an extra mini one this year. This is the first time she’s added the white chocolate, and it’s usually in the shape of a heart, but here it is.” –Zaquarius_Alfonzo

“Not a gf, but one time my parents bought me a box of slim jims as a kid and it lasted me until May. Was great.

I’ll marry the next woman who buys me a big ass box of slim jims.” –

SleeplessShitposter

“My parents would get me valentines day presents all the time! One year was a restaurant sized tub of ketchup (since I really loved ketchup at the time). It was both useful and fun! Though we threw it out before I finished it off, because the bottom of the tub was beginning to be a bit… off.

I’ve never gotten anything for valentines day not from my parents.” –

FlameFrenzy

“A letter telling me all that she loves about me and how I treat her. It was the best. Her birthday was a couple of days after so it was very hard making her feel loved and appreciated like I felt when I gave her a shitty valentines gift.

The second best has to be nothing (different partner). Literal nothing. I bought her some of her favorite candy. But it was great because it really showed how our relationship was and I knew she wasn’t the right one for me and I wasn’t the one for her. She dumped me a couple days later. Couldn’t say I was surprised.” –cbarnes15

“one year a girl i was dating just sent me a big long message basically a letter telling me she wished she could be there with me (long distance relationship) and i was going through a rough patch and really drove home how much she cared about me and it was really beautiful, she was really good at making me feel special. i tried to do the same but i guess im just not good at it, i mailed her a letter i had written with her favorite candy but yeah the relationship eventually fell apart and i feel bad i couldn’t get across how strongly i felt about her.” –alchupanebra

“I got a steak, bourbon, a jump rope, and a bag of dorotos. I gave her a “sexy/naughty” calendar of me doing household chores wearing only an apron, a week of nightly foot rubs, I made her cinnamon rolls from scratch, and I hid 50 Ferrero Rocher around the house.” –Raininglemur

“I made a friend of mine who is a single woman a computer “game” that turned her xbox controller into a vibrator. I included all sorts of preset patterns too so that with button presses or voice commands you could change it up.” –

Aazadan

“I feel like I’m the only one who likes to give foot rubs. I think it’s a good work out for my grip strength and ladies love em. Like just ask and I’ll gladly give one. My ex didn’t like her feet touched though so I rarely gave them.” –drsquires

It was junior year and my psychology class was doing a secret Santa type thing but for Valentine’s Day since we were close. I got a girl who I was fine with giving a gift to. Drew her a nice rose, wrote something cute and gave her chocolates, not a lot. What I got from another girl was pretty impressive. I got a nice handwritten card, a jar of kisses, and a bunch of candy put into a cute bag. Now, I was antisocial af and this was completely unexpected. I was expecting her to give me like a chocolate bar or something but nah, she gave me the entire bag! Such a friendly girl, wish her the best in her college life now.

I also got a valentines gram which had chocolates sent to me anonymously but I already knew it was this one girl a grade above me that sent it. Weird cause I’m usually the one that never gets shit.” –Reddit User 

“When I was in high school from my first serious girlfriend. My first valentine’s day in a relationship. We had been dating about five months at the time.

I ask her what she wants for valentine’s day. She says she doesn’t want anything, just a dinner with me (I already had reservations). I ask her again, incredulously, “you don’t want anything, not even flowers?”

“No, I don’t want anything.”

“Are you sure? No flowers?”

“I’m sure.”

“No flowers?”

Don’t get me flowers.”

So… I don’t get her anything except chocolate and a dinner reservation. Definitely no flowers.

At the end of the day, she is upset she hasn’t gotten any flowers delivered. I tell her that I didn’t get her any, she told me not to. She cries, and tells me not to talk to her. Refuses to answer my calls. We don’t go out to dinner, and I spend valentine’s day alone.

My gift? One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned – don’t take women literally, it’s a trap.

Just buy the damn flowers.” – SadClownInIronLung

“My sophomore year of high school some girl who I really hadn’t thought much of gave me a card that read “To: Cute boy, you have a really nice smile”. We hung out a bit after that but things didn’t go to great (long story). Anyways that one valentine started a chain reaction that ended some serious depression I had and now I smile more often.” –supeguy212

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