Austrian chain renames 'Mauthausen' tool shed
VIENNA, Austria - One of Austria's largest homewares chains on Tuesday said it will rename its "Mauthausen" tool shed after protesters questioned why it bore the name of the infamous Nazi concentration camp.
The Austria Press Agency cited a spokeswoman for the bauMax chain, Monika Vogelhuber, as saying the name "somehow slipped into the catalogue." Employees of the chain would be provided with a "historical explanation" of the negative associations attached to the name, she said.
Vogelhuber also said that the company would donate money to the Mauthausen memorial society maintaining the concentration camp site.
An estimated 100,000 people - mostly Jews - died at the camp between 1938 and 1945. Survivors plan to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its liberation on May 8.
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