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New auction of Nazi items by German Auction House: ‘The German Law must change’, says EU Jewish leader

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“That this auction is taking place in Munich, Germany of all places adds insult to injury, right under the noses of German authorities. If this auction is not against German Law, then German law must change,” said European Jewish Association Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin.

 

A German Auction House is conducting another auction of Nazi items despite protests over previous similar auctions.

The Auction by the Munich-based Herman Historica Auction House, includes Hitler posters, Nazi badges, funreal sashes, letters and crockers belonging to Goring and ‘luxury’ editions of Mein Kampf.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association (EJA), urged again the Gerrman authorities to ban such auctions. “What in heaven’s name will it take for the German authorities to ban such auctions from taking place?,’’ he asked in a statement. ‘’This is the worst one of the disgusting auctions so far, with uniforms, Nazi insignia, Mein Kampf, posters of Hitler and crockery and tableware belonging to both Hitler and Goring on sale to the highest bidder,’’ he said.

“It is a spit in the face to every Jew that these items are for sale to the highest bidder. One can only imagine the outcry if this auction were selling the manacles used to transport slaves from Africa, yet the people who brutally and methodically killed six million Jewish lives, and who were responsible for millions more deaths, are being venerated through such auctions.,’’ he added.

He continued, “I ask again, what possible intrinsic historical value do these items hold? These are not items for museums or places of learning, but items that should not ever be sold to the highest bidder under any circumstances.’’

“That this auction is taking place in Munich, Germany of all places adds insult to injury, right under the noses of German authorities. If this auction is not against German Law, then German law must change,” Rabbi Margolin stressed.

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