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Queensland auction house criticised for ‘sickening’ sale of Nazi items

A Nazi Ordnungspolizei (order police) uniform worn during World War II.

A Nazi Ordnungspolizei (order police) uniform worn during World War II.

“If they’re concerned about where they’re going or who is buying them then it needs to be changed through government that it’s illegal to trade in them,” he said.

“Until then I can [sell them], and I will be, because we believe in the historical value of them.”

But Anti-Defamation Commission chair Dr Dvir Abramovich, who has been campaigning to ban the sale of Nazi memorabilia, described profiting from “history’s darkest crime” as “sickening”.

“Imagine the anguish Holocaust survivors must be feeling right now,” he said.

“The Holocaust is over, but the dangerous ideology and culture that fuelled the extermination of millions endures in today’s Australia.

“These objects may end up in the hands of Third Reich worshippers who will proudly display them in their homes and use them to recruit new members to their dangerous cause.”

Mr Abramovich called on the Queensland government to make the sale of Nazi memorabilia a criminal offence.

Among the items was a rare World War II Jewish Star of David armband, estimated to fetch up to $500, which would have been worn in either the Krakow or Drzewica ghetto to identify a Jewish person.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, who specialises in German history, said he did not put much credence into the historical merit argument.

“I can’t see that people owning or handling these things is going to promote any historical understanding of the Nazi period,” he said.

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“I think it’s more a case of some people just get a perverse thrill out of owning or handling this sort of material.

“The case of an armband that might have been worn by a Jew in a ghetto – I think out of decency, that should be donated to a museum.”

Danielle Elizabeth Auctions attracted criticism earlier this year for selling a World War II Luftwaffe flag with a Nazi swastika.

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