Some of the items include a top hat worn by Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun’s dresses, and an SS flag.
By World Israel News Staff
On Wednesday, an auction house in Germany sold hundreds of items of Nazi memorabilia, multiple news outlets reported.
Some of the items offered by the Hermann Historica auction house included a top hat worn by Adolf Hitler, a silver cigar box from his personal collection, and a signed rental agreement for an apartment in Munich.
Elad Simchayoff, a European correspondent for Israel’s Channel 12 news, visited the German auction house to view some of the items and to speak with an auctioneer.
As the auctioneer was holding Hitler’s top hat, Simchayoff asked him how he felt holding it.
“It gives me a creepy feeling” he said during a report by Channel 12. “He wore this hat as he was signing papers that gave him tremendous powers to dissolve parliament, and once that happened he took away the disguise of the sheep, not hesitating to plunge all of Europe into war.”
Simchayoff was also shown a black red cross.
“Here is the cross given to mothers, depending on how many children they brought into being to become ‘the purest soldiers,'” the auctioneer said.
As they passed the flag of the SS, Simchayoff was told that the “flag of the SS with the skull and bones, from the worst SS brigades, is extremely rare.”
Simchayoff asked the auctioneer if he was worried about Nazi sympathizers “buying these items” and “building some sort of shrine [for them], and not giving the public the opportunity to learn from history.”
“History shows us that these people don’t buy from us for Nazi ideology,” he said.
“There is no need for them to invest in the expensive originals,” he added
The news of the auction has sparked outrage across Jewish communities worldwide.
In November, Menachem Margolin, chairman of the European Jewish Association, had requested that Hermann Historica cancel the auction.
“I ask you again to withdraw the Nazi auction items, not because of any illegality, but instead to send a message that some things – particularly when so metaphorically blood-soaked – should not and must not be traded,” Margolin wrote in a letter to the auction house.