Amazon comes under fire over Nazi puzzle: media
October 2, 2012, 11:24 am TWN
BERLIN -- Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that depicts ovens at the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau, a media report said Sunday.
“This is a real slap in the face for concentration camp survivors and relatives of victims,” conservative politician Gerda Hasselfeldt wrote in a letter to Amazon that was cited by Der Spiegel.
The 252-piece puzzle, being sold for US$24.99, is sold on Amazon's American website as suitable for children aged eight and over, but it is not available for sale on Amazon's German website.
It shows a picture of two ovens at one of the two crematoriums at Dachau, where bodies of prisoners were burned.
Amazon's U.S. media office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
“The Dachau memorial is a place of remembrance for the suffering of countless victims. It cannot be in Amazon's interest to sell such a game,” wrote Hasselfeldt, parliamentary chief of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.