Walmart Selling Nazi Propaganda As “Inspirational Poster”

Author: July 3, 2014 1:37 pm
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Image: Sfc John M. Holman via Hampton.lib.nh.us

Are you inspired by Nazi’s? Does the thought of an image from a Nazi concentration camp adorning the walls of your home or office sound pleasant and appealing?

Unless you are a card carrying, Swastika wearing, Aryan nation promoting, hate-mongering right wing terrorist, I’m going to assume that even implying that there is something inspirational about the holocaust is deeply offensive to you.

On July 2nd, 2014 Wonkette reported that Walmart was selling an ‘inspirational poster’ featuring an image of the gates of an infamous Nazi Concentration Camp, along with the camp slogan, which was embedded into the iron work above the gates.

Which Nazi slogan did Walmart choose to peddle alongside other items targeted to the low class, low IQ Walmart frequent shopper? You might think they’d pick one like “Gott Mitt Uns,” a slogan engraved on belt buckles worn by, and gun barrels carried by, Nazi soldiers during the time of Holocaust. That slogan means “God with us,” and would seem to appeal to the average gun-toting, Sarah Palin loving, right wing God fearing “Christian’ Walmart shopper.

That’s not the one that Walmart picked for their ‘inspirational poster,’ however. Instead they chose to sell “Arbeit Macht Frei,” which translated means “Work makes you free.” The slogan appeared above the gates of the Dachau, the first Nazi forced labor camp to be opened under newly elected German leader Adolph Hitler, in 1933.

The inspirational poster comes complete with a photo of the gates of Dachau and was being sold for a mere $42.75, for those who want to adorn their bedroom, living room or office wall with a photo of a Nazi death camp for inspiration.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and immigrants were the first people to be imprisoned at Dachau, after the Nuremberg Laws were enacted in Germany, in 1935. Those laws enshrined racial and religious discrimination as national policy in Germany in the first months after Hitler rose to power.

Between 1933 and 1945 records from Dachau indicate that more than 200,000 people were imprisoned there. More than 36,000 people died in Dachau, many incinerated in the camps crematorium.

According to Wonkette, after yesterday’s report on the ‘inspirational poster’ was published, Walmart ‘reached out’ to Wonkette staff.

“UPDATE! Man, it was not even two and a half hours before the very nice man from Walmart reached out to us to tell us that they understood our concerns, they are totally Sensitive, and they are not selling that third-party merchandise anymore, and everyone involved in selling that third-party merchandise is on double super secret probation banning from the third-party marketplace that is like Ebay and definitely not Walmart stuff. Which just proves our point: intolerant liberals have Ruined Free Speech once again.”

We’ll have to wait and see whether Walmart is serious about ‘banning’ Nazi propaganda from their stores.

There’s no doubt that the slogan ‘works makes you free,’ is one that corporations like Walmart are all to happy promote. If you lazy Americans would just realize that working morning, noon and night in unsafe conditions, for less than poverty wages is the very definition of freedom, there would be no need for Walmart to buy your government. Think of all the money they could save…

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