Walmart sorry for selling decorative Nazi ‘work makes you free’ poster

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:26 EDT
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Retail giant Walmart has apologized for selling a home decoration poster of one of the Nazi’s most notorious concentration camps.

The poster on Walmart’s website featured the front gate of Dachau Concentration Camp, showing the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei” — or “Work will make you free.” Tens of thousands of prisoners died in the forced labor camp.

Heeb magazine first reported on the existence of the posters. The Dachau posters were subsequently eviscerated by the satirical Wonkette blog.

“Sup, Walmart? Just sellin’ inspirational posters featuring the gates of Dachau and their famously inspiring motto “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Makes You Free,” BECAUSE WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” Wonkette wrote.

Walmart quickly pulled the item off its website, blaming a third-party seller.

“We were horrified to see that this item was on our site,” Walmart said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize, and worked quickly to remove it. The item was sold through a third-party seller on our marketplace. We have shared our disappointment with them and have learned they are removing the publisher of this item entirely from inventory.”

Sears and Amazon also sold the controversial poster, and have pulled the item from their websites, according to ABC News.

“The item, which was listed by an independent third-party on Sears Marketplace, violates our guidelines and was immediately removed,” Sears said.

[Image via Scott Beale, Creative Commons licensed]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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