Nazi death camp puzzle row at Amazon

2012-09-30 18:36

Berlin - Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that recreates the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau, a media report said on 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 $24.99, is sold as suitable for children aged eight and over.

It shows a picture of the crematorium at Dachau, where more than 200 000 Jews, gays, Roma, political opponents, the disabled and prisoners of war were imprisoned during World War II.

Between 32 000 and 43 000 people died in the Bavarian camp before it was liberated by US troops in April 1945.

"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.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-30 19:40

    This absolutely bizarre I grew up with people that lost everyone in those death camps, I would never give my child a puzzle of such a place, as something trivial. Who could be so callous as to try make money off of someone's worst nightmare.. This is sick

  • lskosana3 - 2012-09-30 20:31

    Whoever created the game is a sick individual!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-30 22:49

      it's a puzzle not a game. It's a photo chopped into little pieces that need to be put back together not an instruction manual for genocide, what is the big deal?

      LanfearM - 2012-10-01 09:05

      @ abra.kadaver - I agree with you. It can also be used in Holocaust education and awareness for children.

  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-09-30 21:28

    I agree its insensitive. I mean where did they get the idea neverless the picture anyway. But lets not turn this into a muslim vs christian vs jew vs whatever fight. For as long as there has been 1 god, there has been killing in his name. Thats y i'v liberated myself from one dimensional thinking when it comes to religious beliefs

  • brian.vanderspuy - 2012-10-01 09:11

    Perhaps they were thinking along the lines of "let us never forget," and did not mean to be insensitive. But it's the kind of thing that is bound to be controversial. One can imagine what would happen if CNA started selling puzzles with pictures of the battle of Blood River, or the 1976 Soweto uprising, or that sort of thing. No doubt some people would like it, and some would hate it. It is peculiar though how time heals such wounds. The Ancient Romans indulged in massacres that were every bit as brutal, yet making a puzzle or a video game of such an event would hardly raise an eyebrow nowadays. (One wonders if Jews would take offence if someone made a puzzle of an illustration depicting the mass suicide at Masada? Have depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus ever been turned into puzzles, and what do Christians think of such a thing?) Which makes one wonder how much time has to pass before a brutal massacre first becomes mere history, and then becomes mere entertainment.

      jaba.kov - 2012-10-01 10:42

      agree. I guess 60 years and the fact that there are still camp survivors alive today means its too early. However, it was not the Jewish community who is fighting against this 'puzzel', rather it’s the he Christian Social Union of Bavaria. Also one needs to remember that 50% of all Jews on planet earth were murdered in the holocaust... that’s an equivalent of 24million South African or 700million Christians or 550million Muslims - that is why the issue is so sensitive for Jews – one in two was killed! Lastly although most of the people who were killed in the many camps were Jews - were must not forget the murder of tens of thousands of Europe’s mentally handicapped who were killed for the simple reason they did not conform to Hitlers view of what a Nazi should be. Also the murder of tens of thousands of homosexuals and the vast communities of Roma who were massacred without a trace. Lastly we must never forget the prisoners of war that the Nazis cremated along side them the lengthy and depressing list above (mostly Russian).

  • michelle.kirsten - 2012-10-01 10:42

    Oh please. A jigsaw puzzle is not a game. It's not like it involves action and shouting and hitting alligator noses with plastic hammers! A puzzle is a calm, contemplative activity and I think the whole thing about everyone taking offence over every little thing is hogwash. Surely there are more worthy battles to fight.

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-01 13:51

    Why take a fence at a gate.

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