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,” a virulently anti-Semitic pamphlet published by the Nazi Party near the end of World War II. The book was being sold on Amazon in Germany for about $22.50, the Local reported early Saturday.
RND also pointed to T-shirts being sold on Amazon that bear far-right slogans, such as “Brown even without the sun,” and “Nordic rage knows no mercy.” Products with those slogans were still available on Amazon on Monday.
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.