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Amazon Hit for Selling 1938 Children's Book Written by Nazi War Criminal

Amazon Hit for Selling 1938 Children's Book Written by Nazi War Criminal
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By    |   Friday, 21 February 2020 10:11 PM

Amazon is reportedly being urged to remove an anti-Semitic children's book written by a Nazi who was executed for his war crimes.

The British-based Holocaust Educational Trust registered its disgust that "distinguished publishers" such as Amazon sold copies of Julius Streicher's “The Poisonous Mushroom” coloring book online, Newsweek reported.

Streicher was a Nazi Party member and founder of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer.

Originally published in 1938, “The Poisonous Mushroom” uses a string of anti-Semitic tropes to teach children that Jewish people "abuse little boys and girls."

The book was used as evidence during Streicher's Nuremberg trial, after which he was executed.

As noted by the Auschwitz Memorial's Twitter account, copies of Streicher's "hateful, virulently antisemitic Nazi propaganda" could be found being sold online on Amazon's U.S., U.K, and German websites.

"Such books should be removed immediately," the account tweeted to Amazon's owner Jeff Bezos.

And in an open letter to Amazon, Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: "As the Holocaust moves from living history to history, out survivors regularly raise concern that Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism still persist. It is worrying that distinguished publishers like Amazon would make available products that promote racist or hate speech of any kind, let alone those from the darkest period of European history."

In a statement to Newsweek, an Amazon spokesperson said: "As a bookseller, we are mindful of book censorship throughout history, and we do not take this lightly.

"We believe that providing access to written speech is important, including books that some may find objectionable, though we take concerns from the Holocaust Educational Trust seriously and are listening to its feedback.”

“Beyond our proactive measures, we also promptly investigate all concerns raised,” it added.

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