On behalf of the Redbubble team, I would like to apologise for the hurt that has been caused by the images of Auschwitz and their appearance on consumer products. I would also like to thank the Auschwitz Memorial, and others, for bringing it to our attention.
The Holocaust is a historical crime and tragedy that is personal to me. My great-grandparents escaped Eastern Europe for South Africa before the devastating events, and I grew up learning about the Holocaust in our home and community. It shaped much of who I am. I have visited concentration camps and felt in my bones the pain of these locations, and of the immense crimes against humanity committed there. So like everyone else, I was appalled when I realized these images were on sale as products on our site.
Redbubble is a learning organisation, we learn from our mistakes. We do set our policies and make judgments by listening to the communities around us, so that we don’t operate in a vacuum.
We hear you. Over the past day and a half, we have listened, acted quickly, and are updating our policies so they go further with regards to imagery related to the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.
At Redbubble we want to bring more creativity into the world and in doing so, more joy and human connection. We aspire to do better.