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    Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas tree decorations and bottle openers from website

    The Auschwitz Memorial says the sale of festive decorations and bottle openers picturing the Nazi concentration camp is "rather disturbing and disrespectful".

    A series of Christmas ornaments featuring images of a Nazi concentration camp has been removed from Amazon after the online retailer was hit with complaints.

    The series included a bell-shaped ornament featuring the railway entrance to the Auschwitz II-Birkenau main guard house and a magnetic bottle opener picturing the camp's barbed-wire fences.

    The Auschwitz Memorial posted images of the products on Twitter on Monday, calling for Amazon to shut down sales.

    "Selling 'Christmas ornaments' with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate," tweet read.

    "Auschwitz on a bottle opener is rather disturbing and disrespectful."

    The museum's tweet was liked more than 25,000 times, with some users posting screenshots of complaints they had sent to Amazon.

    By Tuesday, the products had been removed from the site.

    An Amazon spokesperson told "all sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account".

    "The products in question have been removed," the spokesperson said.

    According to the retailer's offensive and controversial materials policy, products related to human tragedies are not allowed to be sold on the site.

    The policy, however, does not apply to books, music and DVDs.

    "We maintain these policies to ensure a welcoming environment for our global customers and selling partners to do business while offering the widest selection of items on Earth," the policy says.

    "We promote trust and respect, as well as adherence to the law."

    On Tuesday afternoon the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted that another series of products branded with images of a concentration camp and a train cart used in the Holocaust had been removed from Amazon's online store.

    The memorial credited followers for helping to have the products removed from the site.

    "Thank you to those who reacted, reported and put pressure here," a tweet read.

    About 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, were killed by Nazis at Auschwitz in World War II.

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