Just when you thought you could feel less guilty about being a Prime member, Amazon goes and sells books written by a legit Nazi. You hate to see it.
The grossly anti-Semitic book in question is called Der Giftpilz (The Poisoned Mushroom) and was first published by Julius Streicher in 1938. Streicher was ultimately executed for crimes against humanity.
The book was widely used as anti-Semitic propaganda, and warned about the supposed dangers of the Jewish people by using the metaphor of a beautiful but deadly mushroom. Oh, and also it’s a children’s book. Real cute.
This is, quite literally, a book of hate speech. Like, why, Amazon? Just, why?
The book teaches children that Jewish people are murderous, deceitful parasites that “abuse little boys and girls” and was used as evidence in the Nuremberg trials.
As expected, people are fucking pissed about this. Karen Pollock, the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, had some words for Amazon, and they were *on point*. She said:
“This book is obscene. It is worrying that distinguished publishers like Amazon would make available products that promote racist or hate speech of any kind, let alone those from the darkest period of European history. We have already raised our concerns about similar issues over the past decade.
As the Holocaust moves from living history to history, our survivors regularly raise the concern that Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic still persist.
We urge Amazon to do the right thing and remove this material from sale immediately, audit other items may be on sale, and review their policies to prevent this ever happening again.”
My question is: how the hell did this happen? Are we really supposed to believe that nobody over at Amazon noticed that a book written by a Nazi that is nothing short of Nazi propaganda made its way onto the cyber shelves? This asshole (Julius Streicher) was a well known Nazi too, and was convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials and executed. No one should be selling his books. Explain yourself, Jeff Bezos.
Hopefully Amazon will do the right and very easy thing and remove this trash from their site. Bezos, u up?
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Another day, another douchebag. Today we’re talking about Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who is running for office in Chicago. Amaze. As the Hamburglar in Chief showed us, you can be scum of the Earth and they just let you become a politician. It’s that easy. What a world.
So far, Arthur Jones is the only Republican nominee running for the Chicago-area congressional district, so he is likely to appear on the ballot. I’m also fairly certain he is just a bunch of old, racist crows in trench coat, so there’s also that. A little bit more about him, he has outwardly said that the Holocaust is “the biggest, blackest lie in history.” He’s a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now leads a group open to “any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.” Tbh sounds like he belongs in a DC movie playing one of the villains, not in American politics, but that’s just my honest/correct opinion.
This asshole has tried to run in the past, but has failed. This time around there are no other Republican nominees to run against him and no one challenged his petitions. It’s almost like this kind of vile white supremacy is becoming normalized in our country and allowing legit nazis to have a voice. Just throwing that out there.
The Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, spoke out against Jones, saying there was “no room for Neo Nazis in American politics.” That’s all well and good, Brucie, but I hate to break it to you, but it kinda looks like there is. You know, since there’s a Neo Nazi running for office in your state. There *shouldn’t* be room for them. But here we are.
Here’s to hoping another Republican candidate steps up to run against him, and that they’re not a Nazi. Dream big. If you know any Republicans in Chicago, please text them and ask them to run. Or tell them to write somebody in, who, again, is *not* a Nazi. Nazis in office are not a good look.
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