Walmart, Sears, Amazon apologize for Nazi 'decorative' poster

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Stores Apologize For Nazi Decorative Poster


A picture of Nazi Germany's notorious Dachau concentration camp sign was pulled from Walmart, Sears and Amazon's websites. The sign reads "Arbeit macht frei" which translates to "work makes you free."

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GERMANY - FEBRUARY 22: GERMANY, DACHAU, Concentration camp memorial place Dachau, O,p,s, Gate of the former concetration camp Dachau with the writing sign Arbeit macht frei - Work Brings Freedom. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 22: GERMANY, DACHAU, Concentration camp memorial place Dachau, O,p,s, Gate of the former concetration camp Dachau with the writing sign Arbeit macht frei - Work Brings Freedom. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
The sign over the door at the former concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, Feb. 19, 1949 says, "Shower bath" but it was not water, but poison gas which came through the main vents in the roof. It was easier to crowd the victims in if they thought they were only going to take a bath.
The crematory at Dachau, Germany, the infamous Nazi concentration camp on April 11, 1949, as it looks, four years after its survivors were rescued by the American troops. The furnaces here claimed the bodies of 238,000 persons, those which had accumulated too fast for the Nazis to bury. The sign on the far wall was put up by the Nazis. It’s in German and reads: “Cleanliness is here a duty. Therefore don’t forget to wash your hands.” Ovens, as one shown at left, are now decorated with wreaths in memory of the victims cremated here. (AP Photo)
The entrance to the former concentration camp just outside the town of Dachau, Germany on Dec. 23, 1948. The United States Army is using the buildings to conduct war crimes trials. (AP Photo)
Muslim religious representatives walk through the entrance gate under the infamous German inscription 'Arbeit Macht Frei',= ( Work Sets You Free) in the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on February 1, 2011. Some 150 personalities from 40 countries are paying a visit to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, shortly after the 66th anniversary of its liberation. -- a visit made to fight anti-Semitism and bridge cultural rifts. Wearing a reading blanket at left is Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Dachau Concentration Camp. Nazi camp of prisoners opened in 1933. Detail of the slogan Arbeit macht frei (Labour makes free) at the main door. Germany. (Photo by: PHAS/UIG via Getty Images)
(FILES) In this file picture taken on 24 May 2006 a family crosses the gate of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. The infamous sign at the entrance of Poland's Nazi-era concentration camp, Auschwitz, 'Arbeit macht frei' ('Work will set you free') has been stolen, local police reported on December 18, 2009. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) This File Picture taken on January 13, 2005 shows the main gate entering the Nazi Auschwitz death camp at sunrise. Thieves have stolen the infamous sign at the entrance of Poland's Nazi-era concentration camp, Auschwitz, 'Arbeit macht frei' ('Work will set you free'), police and museum staff reported on December 18, 2009. 'The inscription was stolen early this morning,' museum spokesman Jaroslaw Mensfeld told AFP. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers unwrap a part of the retrieved inscription from the Auschwitz Birkenau entrance, during a press conference in Krakow, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. The infamous inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" from the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz Birkenau was stolen Dec. 18, 2009 and retrieved by the Polish Police three days later. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Conservation experts and museum director Piotr Cywinski, second right, examine part of the cynical "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign at the Auschwitz museum, Thursday Jan. 21, 2010. The infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign stolen last month from Auschwitz and broken into three pieces was returned to the museum at the site of the Nazi death camp Thursday.(AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz) **Poland Out**
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Walmart apologized for the poster and says it was sold by one of the company's online sellers, not directly by them. The Daily Mail explains that Walmart issued this statement: 'We were horrified to see that this item was on our site. We sincerely apologize, and worked quickly to remove it.'

ABC News reports that the statement also noted, ''We have shared our disappointment with them and have learned they are removing the publisher of this item entirely from inventory.'

Sears also released a statement also saying an independent third-party sold it and the poster violates the company's guidelines.

Almost 200,000 people were kept as prisoners at Dachau. The Nazis used it as a labor camp and performed medical experiments on the prisoners.

Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, a non-profit organization, said on Facebook "It's astonishing that 70 years removed from the Holocaust American stores want you to purchase [the poster]. It seems that the Nazis may be living amongst us."

And a Twitter user found it disturbing that Sears listed ovens as "similar products."

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