Brussels-based European Jewish Association has been pushing European lawmakers to ban such ”disgusting” sales as part of an overall plan to tackle antisemitism across the continent.
As Munich Auction House Hermann Historica prepares for another of what appears to be a lucrative auction of items of Nazi memorabilia – including Eva Braun’s pillow and a cigar box belonging to Herman Goering – the European Jewish Association (EJA) has reacted with disgust as to how such auctions are still allowed to take place.
“It is disgusting, in an age when fur is banned, along with Ivory and a plethora of other items deemed cruel, that there are those who are still trading for profit in the memorabilia of the Nazis, who spilled so much blood, murdered so many,’’ stated EJA Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin.
“I simply cannot understand why in Germany such auctions are possible. Is there no shame in trading and publicizing such ‘wares’ in public? Items such as pillows and cigar boxes that have little to no historical significance other than to titillate or provide perhaps some hateful ideological comfort to those that buy them?’’, he asked.
“These items are stained with the blood of millions. They must not be traded for profit. ‘Hitler sells’ is not an excuse,’’ Margolin added.
“Banning this memorabilia from the common market and limiting sales to places of learning such as museums is our goal. It is a hard and long work in progress,’’ he said, deploring the silence from the government. ‘’Criticizing such a disgusting trade should be the minimum starting point as we await legislation.’’
It is not the first time that the Europen Jewish Association alerts the authorities and media about the sales of Nazi memmorabilia by the same Munich Auction House.
The Brussels-based group, which represents Jewish communities across Europe, has been pushing European lawmakers to ban such sales as part of an overall plan to tackle antisemitism across the continent.