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Amazon pulls Nazi jigsaw puzzle

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Online retail giant Amazon has withdrawn from its website a controversial jigsaw puzzle that depicts ovens at the crematorium of the Nazi death camp of Dachau.

Amazon’s German office said it could not immediately comment but the advert for the puzzle has disappeared and a German politician who had complained about the game said it had been withdrawn from sale.

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The 252-piece puzzle was being sold for $24.99 (about 20 euros), on Amazon’s US website as suitable for children aged eight and over.

It showed a picture of two ovens at one of the two crematoriums at Dachau, where bodies of prisoners were burned.

It had not been available for sale on Amazon’s German website.

“The puzzle which shows ovens at the Dachau concentration camp has been withdrawn from sale by Amazon,” said Gerda Hasselfeldt, head of the parliamentary group of the conservative Christian Social Union, on her website Friday.

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The politician from the Bavarian-based sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats represents the district where the former camp was located.

She called it “unacceptable that victims of the killing machine of the Third Reich are violated and that traders are making money as well” and had written a letter in protest to Amazon.

More than 200,000 Jews, gays, Roma, political opponents, the disabled and prisoners of war were imprisoned in Dachau during World War II. Between 32,000 and 43,000 people died in the Bavarian camp before US troops liberated it in April 1945.

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