Amazon removes Nazi movies following protest

The giant e-commerce retailer and digital streamer Amazon removed 23 out of 30 Nazi propaganda films from its platforms upon the protest of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The anti-discrimination advocacy group, the “Americans Against Anti-Semitism” found 30 classic Nazi propaganda films available for sale or streaming on the Amazon Prime video network. They alerted the Simon Wiesenthal Center, whose Associate Dean and Global Social Action Director, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, wrote a letter to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, urging him to remove the films in question, including those made by key Nazi propaganda director Leni Riefenstahl.

“These films should be viewed – if at all – in a history class, where educators can expose the lies of Nazi Germany, its violent racist ideology, and its genocidal hatred of the Jewish people,” wrote Rabbi Cooper, adding that these films “helped create and sustain Jew-hatred, which directly led to the ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question’ and the mass murder of 6 million innocent Jews during WWII.”

Rabbi Cooper also brought to attention two important upcoming dates, one being the 20th of January, the 80th anniversary of the day when 15 German government ministers of state voted unanimously to murder every Jew within reach of the Nazi Third Reich, the other being the 27th of January, which marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with formal ceremonies at the United Nations and Auschwitz.

Upon the request of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Amazon has removed 23 out of the mentioned 30 Nazi propaganda films from its streaming service and also from the store.


Photo credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum