Target Corporation and Barnes & Noble have removed “Not Guilty At Nuremberg” a book written by notorious Holocaust denier, Carlos Porter, as well as three other books, following a letter of protest to the Chairmen and CEOs of Target as well as Barnes & Noble. The Center also reached out to several other heads of large, online booksellers, including Walmart, over the sales of this book.
“We assume these large online booksellers do not mass-market books promoting terrorism or pedophilia. At a time of surging anti-Semitic hate crimes here in the US, it is beyond the pale that a book would be marketed by someone who insults the memory of 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean and Global Social Action Director.
In response, Target responded to the Center, “We appreciate the time you have taken to share your concerns about this book. It’s never our intention to offend our guests with the merchandise we carry. Please know that we have removed this book from our assortment.”
Barnes and Noble wrote, “As soon as we are made aware of any such offending titles, we take prompt action to remove offending titles in accordance with our policy, as we did with 'Not Guilty at Nuremberg'. We had not been aware of this title’s existence on barnesandnoble.com. Upon receipt of your correspondence, in accordance with our content policy, we immediately removed it from our website. We also alerted Lightning Source, who have assured us that they also have deleted this title from their books for sale.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center will continue to demand that such hateful anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying books, still marketed online by other companies, are also removed.
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