Anne Fankhuis Removed By RedBubble

I was notified this week by RedBubble which I used to house my commercial storefront that they had adopted a new policy on sensitive events like the Holocaust and had removed one of my works. I thought at first that they had removed my image of The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. It turns out while I have used that image a few times on this blog I had never uploaded it to the commercial site.

They chose to remove this image taken inside the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. It’s not a high quality image. It was taken quickly with a 2 megapixel Canon Camera in 1999. I was still shooting film back then and didn’t take out my gear inside the Anne Frank Museum.

I like it because it was the window she used to stare out of and there are children going to school outside. It made me empathetic with how she must have felt. I appreciate RedBubble’s heightened sense of responsibility because of rising anti semitism in the world but believe they overreached in this case. Please let me know what you think!

To see other images and buy apparel or prints, please visit my commercial gallery.

Anne Fankhuis Amsterdam NL

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4 responses to “Anne Fankhuis Removed By RedBubble

  1. I can’t understand their reasoning. It could be argued that removing it is anti-semitic, an attempt to sanitise history and censor art. Surrendering to an imagined threat, and the thugs win. Excellent, atmospheric image.

    • I think somebody created products on their site including a skirt that featured Auschwitz that caused them to take such a tough stand. I also might have tagged the image with “holocaust” which could have caused the removal. I may try adding it with different tags and see what happens. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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