An online Australian company came under fire for selling Adolf Hitler “inspired” merchandise for Valentine’s Day, which has now been taken down.
The site, Spicy Baboon, was selling mugs, t-shirts, stickers, cards and beer cozies with a cartoon depiction of Hitler holding a rose in his mouth and surrounded by hearts. Underneath the graphic was the caption “Be Mein.”
In the product description, the site had written: “Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than Time Magazine’s Man of the Year (1938) clasping a rose.”
The site’s owner Scot Mackenroth apologized and said that they didn’t mean any harm by it or to offend anyone but claimed it was for humor purposes.
U.S. based NGO StopAntisemitism tweeted they “fail to find the humor behind the man who annihilated 6 million Jews!”
The Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), Australia’s leading civil rights organization, has expressed its disgust towards the Hitler merchandise. The ADC Chairman, Dr. Dvir Abramovich rejected the apology and urged them to meet Holocaust survivors so that they can understand the pain and suffering Hitler had inflicted on them.
“This is a new and perverse low in Australian retail,” Dr. Abramovich said in a statement regarding the sale. “The words sickening, vomit-inducing, and stomach-churning do not even come close to describing this abomination, and it’s hard to imagine anything more obscene that abuses the Holocaust and takes its vulgar exploitation to new depths. To use a monster such as Hitler, responsible for the extermination of six million Jews, including the murder of 1.5 million children, the gas chambers of Auschwitz, the execution of families in open fields, and the crushing of babies’ skulls, to express love and associate him with Valentine’s Day is a profound insult to the memory of the victims.