Aldi has been criticized for portraying the book Schindler’s Ark as “a work of fiction”.
The German discount supermarket chain tells its customers that Schindler’s Ark is ideal for guests to take with them to ‘chill out’ and ‘chill out’ on upcoming vacations.
The novel, which was published in 1982 and later adapted into Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Schindler’s Lilyt, tells the story of the efforts of a member of the Nazi party, Oskar Schindler, to save hundreds of Jewish lives from the genocide.
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It was first discovered by Danny Stone, the managing director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, who asked Aldi on Twitter: “Does anyone check your book descriptions before they’re released? published?
“Do you think a description of Schindler’s Ark might include a reference to the genocide of the Jews that people are supposed to, apparently, ‘chill out and relax’ at?”
Hey, @AldiUK does anyone check your book descriptions before they are published? Do you think a description of Schindler’s Ark might include a reference to the genocide of the Jews that people are supposed to, apparently, “chill and relax” at? https://t.co/nDqetNt4Wm pic.twitter.com/OYS3FBgTHg
— Danny Stone (@DannyStone1) October 3, 2022
On Monday morning, the novel was still available to buy on Aldi’s website for £1.99, with a £1 discount.
The description under the image of the book’s cover read: “Relax, relax and read with Schindler’s Ark book.”
“This exciting, trendy and best-selling [sic] work of fiction is ideal to take with you on your next vacation.
“It’s an acclaimed title that has been turned into a blockbuster movie!
“Discover a captivating story that will have you hooked as your body soaks up those rays of sunshine.”
Jewish News approached Aldi for comment.