The American online retailer Amazon.com has stopped selling a jigsaw puzzle featuring the Dachau Nazi concentration camp following complaints.
The puzzle has 252 parts that together form a picture of the camp. Before it was taken offline Oct. 1, the product description said the toy was intended for customers eight years old and above. It sold for $24.99.
Last week, Gerda Hasselfeldt, leader of the Christian Social Union group in Germany's parliament, wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that the toy was “a slap in the face” to the camp's survivors, the German newspaper Der Spiegel reported.
A spokesman for the nonprofit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial told the German daily Münchner Merkur that he is outraged by the puzzle. “The toy is a trivialization of the place and its history,” Dirk Riedel said, adding that memorial officials wanted the legality of sales of the puzzle on Amazon to be reviewed.
The image was taken by Robert Harding, a photographer who has provided countless pictures for puzzles, some 80,000 of which are offered by Amazon alone. As of Monday morning, the link to the puzzle was no longer available and it appeared that the Web retailer had taken it offline.
Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp, located in the small German town of Dachau, about 10 miles northwest of Munich. The camp was established in March 1933 and liberated in April 1945.
More than 200,000 prisoners passed through the camp, and over 30,000 “officially” died there, although the more accurate figure is certainly much higher, according to the Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration.
Presidents Day is on Feb. 21. And in this week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, it describes what would be a tipe of presidential inauguration for Aaron and his sons as the high priests of Israel.
Answer this quiz correctly for a presidential prize!
1) Which president was responsible for Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat signing a peace agreement?
a. Bill Clinton
b. Jimmy Carter
c. John F. Kennedy
2) Who was the American president Israel declared its independence in 1948?
a. Theodore Roosevelt
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. Harry S. Truman
3) Who was the first president to attend a synagogue?
a. George Washington
b. Calvin Coolidge
c. Ulysses S. Grant
Answers From Last Week
Honest Abe Quiz: 1b, 2a, 3b
Matters of the Heart
In this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, we are yet again told not to forget the needy. The Torah just can’t stop repeating this message. This time it uses the words “do not harden your heart.” Pharoah also hardened his heart. He gets so used to hardening his heart, that, at some point, it becomes the only reaction he can have.
Can you think of a time when you “hardened your heart” and refused to give in or help someone? The Torah says: Do not do this too often, for it will become a habit that might be hard to break.
When summer is over, what’s next? Solve this puzzle to find the answer. Enter the correct word for each clue. The letters inside the circles will spell out a word.
Send the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a gift certificate to Baskin-Robbins.
So, what’s Shavuot all about? The name means “Weeks”, but you will see in the puzzle below that it has different names. The holiday is called “weeks” because we have counted 7 weeks from Pesach to reach it. On Passover we were freed from slavery, but on Shavuot, we received, as free people, the responsibility and honor of the Torah.
Just because you are free, does not mean you have no responsibilities. In fact, the opposite is true. The older you get, the more free you become (you can walk to the mall by yourself; you can make your own snack), but you have more responsibilities (you are careful when you cross the street; you put away the bread and mustard).
The people of Israel had some growing up time to do in that 49 day period.Â Later, they had set-backs — the Golden Calf, and many more. You will have setbacks too — but, keep your eye and heart on the road to freedom, and you will find yourself stronger and wiser at the end of it.