Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dachau crematorium jigsaw puzzle for children lands in hot water is in hot water over - of all things - a jigsaw puzzle. The problem is that the puzzle, available here, depicts the crematorium at the Dachau death camp, one of those used during the Holocaust in World War II.

In a letter to that was cited by Der Spiegel on Sunday, conservative politician Gerda Hasselfeldt wrote:

“This is a real slap in the face for concentration camp survivors and relatives of victims. 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."

Hasselfeldt is parliamentary chief of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria, which is the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.

Strangely, the $24.99 puzzle is said to be suitable for children 8 years and up. Ironically, is currently advertising a 30 percent off sale on Thomas and Friends puzzles on the page, at the time of this writing. The product description on's site is:

"Photo Puzzle showing Crematorium at Dachau concentration camp, Dachau, Bavaria, Germany, Europe. Crematorium at Dachau concentration camp, Dachau, Bavaria, Germany, Europe. Chosen by Robert Harding. 10x14 Photo Puzzle with 252 pieces. Packed in black cardboard box of dimensions 5 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 1 1/5. Puzzle image 5x7 affixed to box top. Puzzle pieces printed on RA4 paper at 300 dpi. This item is shipped from our American lab."

It should be noted that the product is shipped and sold by a third-party seller, not itself. The item ships from and is sold by Media Storehouse US.

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We haven't seen a response from, but this is somewhat reminiscent of the furor over a pedophilia how-to e-book guide that was eventually removed from the site.

According to Wikipedia, Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany. Over its twelve years as a concentration camp, the Dachau administration recorded the intake of 206,206 prisoners and 31,951 deaths. It was liberated by US troops in April of 1945.

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