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  • #18
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    To me the poster is simply something to "Never Forget"...I'm not offended by history, especially that which should not be repeated and it is only repeated when forgotten.
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    Though its dificult to verify, but I bet that poster is really Holocaust art and not "Nazi propaganda". I highly suspect, a Holocaust museaum or program dedicated to Jewish history maybe losing money due to this mob reaction.
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    @JTHEM the problem is, however, that a small percentage of today's walmart shoppers realise the significance of the sign. memory is short lived, i'm afraid.

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    I actually have this hanging up in my home office along with some other pictures from WWII. Reminds me of some of the horrible things man can do other men. My god it must he exhausting constantly being offended by everything in the world.
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    It's exhausting finding something even slightly serious enough to be offended by, because we ran out of legitimately offensive material several years ago.
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    @Ryunkin
    Yes one can definitely tell how privileged of a society we live in by our amount of metagrumbles we have. Maslow would laugh at us all.

    I'm thankful I've been to some rough places in the world to see there are much bigger things to worry about than a piece of paper with a black and white photo on it.
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    @Ryunkin ??? Finding an image of a death camp to be unsuitable as office décor is hardly a stretch. If you don't find that offensive, I hate to think what your man cave looks like.
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    @Zazziness
    It's a picture that represents different things to different people. You look at it and get offended. I look at it and get inspired. I think of our old neighbor who lived through the camps (he was the only one of his family who did) and would tell me stories about how the Germans slowly took away their rights and how he was happy he wouldn't be alive long enough to see the same happen here. I see it as a reminder of the strength of people in horrible conditions and a reminder of the horrible things man can do one another when their aren't people strong enough to stop it.

    It's called art for a reason.

    Just like I think the works of "piss Christ" or "Mary in dung" are offensive, others find to be art.

    In the end it's nothing more than a photo of a gate with words on it. What it means is projected by the viewer.
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    Having visited Dachau on a tour a number of years ago, I can assure you the gate is one of the most photographed points of interest.

    I find it amazing that people seek to find ways to piss and moan at Walmart for "letting" a third party vendor sell an image that has been photographed hundreds of thousands of times.

    This is such a non-story.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-...

    https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/...

    http://traveltips.usatoday.com/concentration-...
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    Exactly. I visited there a couple times and have a picture of the gate as well as a picture of the ovens. I have also visited many other concentration camps. Those that forget the paste are bound to repeat it.
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    it doesn't bother me that it's being sold... even i wally world, but i've seen it in person, also... to me, in person it was a tremendous shock. i actually felt nauseous standing there staring at it. and as we passed through the gate i could swear that i heard the ghosts of hundreds of thousands of people screaming at me to turn back. but then again, was that just me and my perceptions?

    i do think that there's a huge difference in someone my age seeing it in person and a younger person who has no idea of what happened there.
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    @dances-weebles
    No your experience re the "ghosts" and that real negative "vibe" has been reported by thousands of people who've visited the camps. Evil really does linger and cloud around in an evil place......but not all folks have the ESP-style awareness to feel it..........it's not a figment of your imagination-the biggest skeptics in the world have reported getting nauseous, panicky, anxiety attacks......and just that feeling of foreboding we all sometimes get that tells us to get the hell out of there........
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    @URBS And people also forget the mass shootings of Jews and the beheadings and the children being killed outside of the concentration camps. They seem to remember only the killings that took place in the concentration camps.
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    @dances-weebles i would really, really like to meet the person who would or could vote this comment down. i mean face to face. i'd not want to cause them harm in any way... i just want to see if they're really a mouth breather, or if the drool while eating.
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    "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 their inventory."

    You should see some of the things that are sold on eBay and Amazon. The only reason for this story is to perpetuate the baffling phenomena of Walmart Hate.
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    The most offensive thing to me about this one was the price....$42.75 for a poster...that's highway robbery...anyhow, I would have no interest in the poster regardless of the price...but...except for the description...which was tasteless...it's just a picture of a gate to a concentration camp...that in, of itself....is just an historical picture....and it should be remembered....with reverence and respect...I would not like the idea of the imagers not being seen
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    It's the presentation. It wasn't being sold as a historical piece. It was being sold as something decorative and colorful to brighten up your office walls.

    "Hey, folks! These gold bits were melted out of the teeth of dead Jews. They make great shoe accessories and super earrings!"

    See what I mean? Context is important.
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    @Zazziness
    I agree.....As I wrote the description was tasteless....but...I think the poster should still be sold...just with a more historical and reverent presentation
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    Actually surprised we agree on something. The picture should be seen. One person saying it never happened is one too many, and there are thousands of them.
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    I think it might have some historical value.

    Surely we must never forget that dark episode of history, because it shows us that average people can so easily become barbarians.
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    I have seen Americans in wartime commit heinous acts also....normal next door neighbor type kids turned into something I can't and won't describe here.
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    @SDBruce
    Can't speak for how they were treated but the Japanese relocation camps here were ... quickly forgotten, except by those sent to them.
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    @DragonHawk1959 Absolutely. If there is any Americans that deserve an apology from the Government, its ones that are still living.... IE those affected by the Japanese Internment camps in the US.
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    @Fishbone345

    In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II.

    The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim.

    The law won congressional approval only after a decade-long campaign by the Japanese-American community.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/08/0...
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    "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

    The poster should be out there lest people forget, and to counter those who would claim it never happened. The American Nazi Party comes to mind.

    I would however add the banner:
    NEVER AGAIN!
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    So what? Lot's of historical posters available, Arbeit macht Frei, put it next to the 9/11 Never Forget, the Confederate flag, or Jesus hung on a cross. It's just History, doesn't mean you want it to happen again.
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    "Arbeit macht frei" (German pronunciation:[ˈaɐ̯baɪt ˈmaxt ˈfʁaɪ]) is a German phrase meaning "work makes (you) free".[1] The slogan is known for having been placed over the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps during World War II, including most infamously Auschwitz I, where it was made by prisoners with metalwork skills and erected by order of the Nazis in June 1940.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbeit_macht_f...
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    To be honest, I wouldn't have connected the photo with Nazi concentration camps if it had not been for this report.
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    @N0rthman

    Not knowing what it means historically is a condemnation of your education.

    At least you looked it up.
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  • #89
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    Here comes the whining! What is wrong with reminders? People are trying to make it seem like the Holocaust never happened, censorship of any kind usually isn't good, people deserve to know the truth
  • #83
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    Having been to Dachau and its chilling setting, I would hope that no one would forget what our inhumanity to each other wrought. On the roof of the Administration building for this the 1st concentration camp is the following:
    "There is one road to freedom and its milestones are Obedience, Diligence, Honesty, Order Cleanliness, Temperance, Truth, Sacrifice and love of one’s country".

    Lest we forget.
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    I guess i could understand some customer complaints, especially who have knowledge or experience with that atrocity. I can also see the benefit of a history lesson for our uninformed to a piece of history that has been but shouldn't be forgotten.
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    It's not often that a story literally makes my jaw drop but this one did. Good grief. White Nationalists creep into open society in the weirdest ways. Perhaps it's as well we're reminded from time-to-time that they do exist. Otherwise it's too easy to think they're mythical, like orcs or goblins or any other wicked thing that sounds too warty and evil to be real.
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    @Cincinnatus Well my Grandpa worked at Dachau… until he was honorably discharged. I guess you could say work set him free? Although he told me he didn't really "work" much… he skied and swam while he let the old inmates be in charge of the newer ones awaiting trial for war crimes.
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    @thismonkey

    Did he tell you about this?

    The Dachau liberation reprisals were a series of incidents in which German prisoners of war were killed at the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945, during World War II. American soldiers wounded and killed German camp guards and German prisoners of war. The killings occurred after the U.S. 45th Infantry Division entered the Dachau concentration camp complex.

    http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/galler...
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  • #224
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    It's the typical devaluation of signs and phrased after being appropriated by the Nazis. The swastika was a harmless mystical sign used in Indian religions until Hitler took it up. Same for the expression "Arbeit macht Frei" (simply, "Work makes [you] free") seen at the gate of several Nazi con camps. It has been devalued to a symbol of oppression and death! But I do think that work does indeed make people free, so the expression at the Dachau gate is a truism that I can't hardly disagree with. It's the sinister context in which the sloganized expression was placed... I think it should have been edited with some message reminding us of the holocaust, not simply presented as "art". As photographed and designed, it IS in quite bad taste!
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    Unfortunately, the phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" was plastered all over Germany, including sites used during the Holocaust. But the phrase comes from the Middle Ages after the Black Plague when workers were desperately needed in the cities to replace those who had died. The phrase means "Work Makes One Free."

    I'm not a bit defender of Walmart, but I can understand how they could make such a mistake. How the could not know the images were from Holocaust sites, though, is just shoddy research.
  • #215
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    Why was WLmart selling this item? Perhaps because, as Mussolini explained fascism is in essense the merging of corporate capitalism and government...
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