“The unprecedented spike in anti-Semitism in Australia over the last few years, and the tragedies at Christchurch, Pittsburgh and San Diego … should provoke some very serious soul-searching,” Dr Abramovich said.
“Imagine the profound pain a Holocaust survivor, or their children, would experience seeing this.”
According to the market’s website, items prohibited from sale include counterfeit goods, materials deemed objectionable by management and offensive items.
Stuart Brown, the market’s managing director, said the items breached their stallholder policy.
While no complaints had been made, he said, stalls would be checked.
“We have an overarching policy that nothing illegal, dangerous or offensive should be sold within the marketplace. In my view this is offensive and I’ll ask the stallholder to remove those items,” Mr Brown said.
“We welcome everyone to our markets and it’s very important to us that people feel safe and not offended or vilified in any way.”
A state government spokeswoman condemned the sale of the memorabilia.
“Items that promote hatred and violence have no place in Victoria. It’s disgusting that someone would try to profit from racism,” she said.
The Age revealed this week that a couple had been flying a Nazi flag, featuring a swastika and other Nazi-related images, for at least several weeks over their home in Beulah, reigniting calls to ban people from displaying the symbol. The flag was pulled down on Tuesday afternoon, a neighbour confirmed, after Premier Daniel Andrews strongly condemned it.
Beulah residents gathered on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek for a peace rally on Saturday to celebrate the “vibrant, kind and generous” spirit of the town, organisers said.
They decorated the banks of the creek with an array of flags from different countries, cultures and sexual orientations.
Returning to her home town to join the rally, Brunswick’s Elissa Muller said she was initially “sickened and shocked” to see the entire rural community tarred by the actions of individuals.
“I was really saddened that this would potentially reflect badly on the community that I know and love. We’ve never seen anything like this before, it’s normally a very peaceful town,” she said.
“Everyone in Beulah is very connected to a sense of community, and there’s a complete generosity of spirit.”
A parliamentary committee will review Victoria’s anti-vilification laws this year after Reason Party MP Fiona Patten pushed to widen the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act to include hate speech targeting people for their gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as addressing online trolling.
At present, laws only cover racial and religious vilification and have resulted in just one prosecution in 17 years.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.
Ashleigh McMillan is a breaking news reporter at The Age. Got a story? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org