German Jewish Leader Angry at Amazon for Allowing Sale of “Pro-Nazi Merchandise”
It’s "absolutely unacceptable" for Amazon to allow "anti-Semitic" books and T-shirts on its site, a leader from the Central Council of Jews in Germany stated.
Germany’s largest umbrella organization for Jews is criticizing Amazon for allowing third-party vendors to sell "pro-Nazi products" on its site.
Josef Schuster, head of the Berlin-based Central Council of Jews in Germany, called it "absolutely unacceptable" for T-shirts, stickers and books "glorifying the Nazis" or "inciting hatred against minorities" to be sold on Amazon.
The online retail giant has a "great moral and social responsibility," and shouldn’t try to hide behind the notion that it is merely a "supplier," Schuster said in an interview with the German media group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), according to a translation from The Local.
"What we expect from a company such as Amazon, and from competent authorities, is that they immediately withdraw these articles from circulation and systematically launch legal proceedings," Schuster said.
Schuster pointed to books such as "The Jew as World Parasite," an anti-Semitic pamphlet published by the NSDAP near the end of World War II.
A search for the title on Monday produced a few broken links. HuffPost has reached out to Amazon for comment.
RND also pointed to T-shirts being sold on Amazon that bear patriotic slogans, such as "Brown even without the sun," and "Nordic rage knows no mercy."
Amazon’s policy on "offensive and controversial materials" states that the company doesn’t allow products that "promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group." However, the company says it maintains the right to make a determination on the "historical value" of the item.