Amazon Pulls Nazi Childrens Book From Its Website As It Struggles With Hate Speech – Forbes

Posted By on February 29, 2020

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Amazon pulled listings for English-language copies of an illustrated childrens book written by Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher in 1938 called The Poisoned Mushroom from its website after a U.K.-based charity called The Holocaust Educational Trust complained.

Unfortunately, a Swedish edition of the Antisemitic book continues to be listed for sale along with two other English translations of Streicher works Trust No Fox on Green Heath and No Jew on His Oath and Jews Introduce Themselves & Without Solution of the Jewish Question No Salvation of the German Folk. There are also a translation of his writing in Estonian listed on Amazon along with vintage items aimed at collectors as well as scholarly books that put Streichers life into historical context.

Streicher was best known as the editor of the virulently Antisemitic newspaper called Der Sturmer. The Poisoned Mushroom claims that Jews are race defilers, a devil in human form and murders. The book was used as evidence against Streicher during the Nuremberg Trials where he was convicted of Crimes Against Humanity and eventually executed.

A booklet titled Julius Streicher Special Nuremberg Martyrs Memorial also is for sale. The listing says it was edited by E.R. Fields, a non-practicing Georgia chiropractor whom the Anti Defamation League says has been active in antisemitic organizations since he was a teenager in the 1940s.

Though most of the Streicher items on Amazon are either unavailable or out of print, there is a wide selection of Nazi and White Supremacist material thats in stock. I even found White Supremacist-themed coffee mugs, shot glasses and hoodies for sale on the e-commerce site.

Ostarta Publications, which describes itself as a resource for Eurocentric history, politics, and study, is currently offering compilations of speeches by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, second only to Adolf Hitler in influence, along with the Memoirs of Ideologue Alfred Rosenberg who also was executed for war crimes after the Nuremberg trials, is for sale.

The company was founded by writer Arthur Kemp, a U.K. resident whose multi-volume March of The Titans: The Complete History of the White Race: is available on Amazon.com.

March has gotten many glowing reviews from people that appear to be white supremacists including one that noted: Nowadays it is common to denigrate White people, especially White males, despite the contributions they have made to civilization. Everyone, especially those of us who are proud to be White, should read this book.

Kent didnt respond to an email seeking comment for this story.

Amazon and other tech platforms have long been criticized for failing to crack down on hate speech. The Holocaust Trust has raised its concerns about similar issues with Amazon for a decade, according to a letter its Chief Executive Karen Pollock sent to Amazons U.K. division last week.

Given the frequency of issues of hateful items being sold on Amazon, we feel that this issue which a number of our supporters have contacted us about has still not been properly addressed, she wrote.

For its part, Amazon doesnt want to censor books solely because they are controversial.

As a bookseller, we believe that providing access to the written word is important, including books that some may find objectionable, according to a company statement. We take concerns seriously and are listening to feedback. Amazon has policies governing which books can be listed for sale; we invest significant time and resources to ensure our guidelines are followed and remove products that do not.

The company has taken action in the past.

Amazon.com has pulled listings for more than a dozen books published by Counter-Currents Publishing, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the preeminent white nationalist publishing house in the United States.

According to Counter-Currents Editor-in-Chief Greg Johnson, Amazon took the actions on February 24 and February 26 of 2019, which he argued on his blogwas like a painful personal attack.

I will continue to publish my own books at Counter-Currents, Johnson said. But it does not make sense to take on any new authors or titles. Why publish books that will be banned by the worlds largest bookstore?

Johnson declined to elaborate further.

Several Counter-Current titles remain for sale on Amazon including The Alternative Right, Dark Right: Batman Viewed from the Right, and Pulp Fascism through third-party sellers

Amazon declined to answer further questions about its policies.

Corrects headline and story to indicate that Amazon took action against Counter-Currents last year. Fixes references to Cross-Currents and corrects spelling of Arthur Kemps name Apologies for the errors.

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