To say shopping on Amazon being a major convenience is a prime understatement.
There is one item for sale that Amazon could do without and its mere existence is galvanizing the internet.
The loathed item is an antisemitic children's book that was published in the 1930s by an actual Nazi.
Amazon is under fire for selling Nazi propaganda books. Many works of Nazi anti Semite and war criminal Julius Stre… https://t.co/kUA2R0PoD6— defendtheconstitution (@defendtheconstitution)1582296277.0
The German book – called Der Giftpilz (The Poisoned Mushroom) – was a widely disseminated propaganda piece for children first published by multi-millionaire Julius Streicher in 1938.
The story in the book – which has been translated into English and being sold on Amazon – used an attractive but deadly mushroom as a metaphor to warn about the "dangers" of Jewish people.
In its first few pages, a mother tells her son that it is:
"difficult to recognize the Jews as rogues and criminals."
tw: antisemitism 2 - "Der Giftpilz" (The Poisonous Mushroom/Toadstool) It begins, "Just as it is often hard to te… https://t.co/5jm8VR41Pz— thal 🦊 (@thal 🦊)1558201804.0
Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom): A Nazi School Book Saves Children From 'The Poisonous Jew' (1937) -… https://t.co/cCe1aHG0xs— Flashbak.com (@Flashbak.com)1551110659.0
Streicher was an elementary school teacher who became heavily influenced by endemic antisemitism in pre-war Germany and joined the Nazi Party in 1921.
After hearing Adolf Hitler give a speech in Munich, he believed "it was his destiny to serve Hitler."
Eventually, he founded the antisemitic sensationalist newspaper Der Stürmer in 1923, and Der Giftpilz was one of three children's books his publishing firm released.
The fact that this revolting propaganda piece from the 1930s is available to consumers today is very disturbing.
Hey, @amazon, why are you selling Ernst Hiemer's 'The Poisonous Mushroom', the anti-semitic picture book distribute… https://t.co/UpfAFBCTBx— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷)1579985221.0
Adam Milstein – the founder of The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, which aims to strengthen the Jewish identity of American Jews and their connection to Israel – was appalled.
"Shame on @amazon for listing and selling vile Nazi propaganda books filled with anti-Semitism branding Jews 'the devil.'"
Shame on @amazon for listing and selling vile Nazi propaganda books filled with anti-Semitism branding Jews ‘the de… https://t.co/Ot5En2oYiG— Adam Milstein (@Adam Milstein)1580732726.0
@AdamMilstein @LDiamond39 Of all the Nazis present at the Nuremberg trials, Julius Streicher alone was watching the… https://t.co/0uSKVWpwhe— Daniel Yogman (@Daniel Yogman)1580734229.0
According to Indy100, Karen Pollock – the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust – expressed her disappointment in Amazon for making the "obscene" book available to consumers in this era.
"This book is obscene. 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."
"We have already raised our concerns about similar issues over the past decade. As the Holocaust moves from living history to history, our survivors regularly raise the concern that Holocaust denial and antisemitism still persist."
Nazi propaganda has no place on the electronic bookshelves of our country. We call on @AmazonUK to remove the Nazi… https://t.co/we8cqsYyba— H.E.T. (@H.E.T.)1582278272.0
Julius Streicher’s “Poisonous Mushroom” was used as evidence in #Nuremberg. @AmazonUK @Amazon please remove all S… https://t.co/s0IONfZKy0— Courtroom 600 (@Courtroom 600)1582291092.0
Others continued expressing their disgust over the book's availability on Amazon.
Especially anything written by Julius Streicher, a Nazi war criminal executed by hanging after his trial at Nurembe… https://t.co/NITmdKSOuO— jefferson wright (@jefferson wright)1582279326.0
Ok @amazon what the hell is this? There are dozens of these disgusting anti-Semitic books by a Nazi executed @ Nure… https://t.co/pww6xw1g3Q— TheBionicWoman🇦🇼🇺🇸 (@TheBionicWoman🇦🇼🇺🇸)1535078622.0
@AuschwitzMuseum @AmazonUK @amazon @amazonDE @JeffBezos @AmazonHelp Making money by selling anti-Semitic propaganda. That's simply horrible.— Pauuu79 (@Pauuu79)1582284083.0
Pollock asked the Big Four tech company to "do the right thing" by permanently removing the book, out of respect.
"We urge Amazon to do the right thing and remove this material from sale immediately, audit other items may be on sale, and review their policies to prevent this ever happening again."
While nobody is arguing against these propaganda books to remain in the care of museums and in universities, many believe that Der Giftpilz and other similarly published works have no place in e-commerce for commercial sale.
@AuschwitzMuseum @AmazonUK @amazon @amazonDE @JeffBezos @AmazonHelp A police report should be filed about the inclu… https://t.co/HIcrD2QEl6— Learned Lemur (@Learned Lemur)1582283964.0
@AuschwitzMuseum @AmazonUK @amazon @amazonDE @JeffBezos @AmazonHelp I believe that while some may buy these for "pl… https://t.co/WvnEJZMCcG— Bill Jacoby (@Bill Jacoby)1582289324.0
@AuschwitzMuseum @AmazonUK @amazon @amazonDE @JeffBezos @AmazonHelp I'm afraid hate is on the rise. We need our pol… https://t.co/EPikWlqsNO— Stephen Burns (@Stephen Burns)1582283749.0
Amazon urged to withdraw 'obscene' antisemitic children's book by executed Nazi Julius Streicher. No responsible re… https://t.co/2RqjaIWyv2— Glyn ap Myfyr (@Glyn ap Myfyr)1582300065.0
Streicher was found guilty of crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg trials, during which Der Giftpilz was introduced as evidence.
The trial report read:
"This book brands the Jew as a persecutor of the labour class, as a race defiler, devil in human form, a poisonous mushroom, and a murderer."
"This particular book instructed school children to recognise the Jew by caricature of his physical features, shown on pages 6 and 7; taught them that the Jew abuses little boys and girls, on page 3-; and that the Jewish Bible permits all crime, pages 13 - 17."
He was executed on October 1, 1946.