Don't sell books that deny the Holocaust, WJC urges Amazon.com

17 October 2013

Screenshot of Amazon.com webpage, 17 October 2013NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress today demanded that Amazon.com remove from its website books that deny the Holocaust and promote anti-Semitism and white supremacy. "No one should profit from the sale of such vile and offensive hate literature. Many Holocaust survivors are deeply offended by the fact that the world’s largest online retailer is making money from selling such material," WJC Executive Vice President Robert Singer  wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

"We are shocked and disgusted that Amazon has not yet removed these items, which came to light in news reports on October 14,” Singer said.

Amazon.com’s vending of hate literature was exposed by 'The Kernel', a British web publication.

In April 2008, the WJC asked Amazon.com to remove merchandise that glorified the Nazi regime. At the time, the firm complied.

 

Full text of Robert Singer’s letter to Jeff Bezos:


Jeffrey Bezos
Chairman & CEO
Amazon.com

By email

Dear Mr. Bezos,

It has come to our attention that Amazon.com is selling books that deny the Holocaust and promote anti-Semitism and white supremacy. According to reports and our own investigation, these materials are even available to customers in countries such as France, Germany and Austria, where Holocaust denial is a crime and such texts are banned.

Amazon’s own policy on offensive materials states: “What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. This includes items such as crime-scene photos or human organs and body parts. Amazon.com reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of items sold on our site. Also, be aware of cultural differences and sensitivities. Some items may be acceptable in one country, but unacceptable in another. Please keep in mind our global community of customers.”

No one should profit from the sale of such vile and offensive hate literature. Many Holocaust survivors are deeply offended by the fact that the world’s largest online retailer is making money from selling such material. We are shocked and disgusted that Amazon has not yet removed these items, which came to light in news reports on October 14.

Please remove these items forthwith.

Sincerely,

Robert Singer
Executive Vice President & CEO
World Jewish Congress
 

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Colleen Malone-Engel

Mon, 25 Nov 2013

I know Amazon has a right to sell any material that is not illegal. However, Amazon also has the right to reject material. The world is watching, it would make a huge difference if giant companies such as Amazon would make a bold statement and refuse to sell books such as this. No good can come of furthering the attempt to deny the fact that the Holocaust happened, and Amazon doesn't need the small amount of profit it may make by selling.

June and Allan Feldman

Thu, 21 Nov 2013

Amazon please remove this "literature" from you web site.

1776blues

Thu, 24 Oct 2013

I disagree with this demand/request. People should be free to sell and or read books they choose to read.

Robert A. Lynn

Wed, 23 Oct 2013

May I remind all these individuals as well as the World Jewish Congress that in the United States we still have freedom of the press and speech. Even though I don't read this literature that has been mentioned, no one and I mean no one has the right to prevent someone from selling their books and other items within the marketplace. As a U.S. Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War, I fought for every American's right to read and purchase what they want.

LTC Robert A. Lynn

Avi

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

Boycott Amazon until they comply!

Grace Foster

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

Is there any way Amazon customers ( and I am a GOOD customer) can help influence the firm to stop selling these vile books?

marion d.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

Give us an address to email Amazon.

Peter Kubicek

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

As a survivor of six German concentration camps (whose factual memoir is sold on Amazon) I was deeply offended to see these hate publications on Amazon's site. They are obviously written by and aimed at the lunatic anti-Semitic fringe which disseminates their hate on the Internet, but they have no place on a respected site like Amazon. I think the only pressure to which Amazon would respond is publicity about this in major newspapers. Nothing will disturb Amazon more than news that can affect their bottom line. Mr. Singer, please keep after them.

Israel Merida

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

I just did a copy+paste of your letter and sent to Amazon.com. Tnx 4 sharing this important issue.

Monika Sears

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

Walking along the sands in Chile we saw a bookstand with the Protocols for sale both in Spanish and English. I asked the stall holder why he was selling such material.

"For money." was the brisk reply.

Y Amazon tambien.