Maryland auction house fined $1.1 million for selling Hitler’s gold watches

  • A Maryland auction house has sold Adolf Hitler’s watch for $1.1 million.
  • An open letter from 34 Jewish leaders said the auction, which included other Nazi memorabilia, is a “societal indictment”.
  • They said the auction trumped “memory, suffering and pain…for financial gain”.

A gold watch given to Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1 million at a Maryland auction house.

Details on the auction house website state that the watch also features two dates, April 20, 1889, Hitler’s birthday, and the second date, January 30, 1933, being the day the genocidal dictator became Chancellor of Germany.

Jewish leaders wrote an open letter condemning Historic Alexander Auction House for the sale of the watch as the top lot of a major sale of Nazi memorabilia. It features a swastika, a nazi eagle emblem (known as a reichstadler) and the initials AH.

According the description of the catalog The reversible gold Andreas Huber wristwatch was spoils of war taken from Hitler’s retreat to Berchtesgaden in the mountains of Bavaria by a French soldier.

Alexander Historical Auctions president Bill Panagopulos said the buyer — whose identity Panagopulos declined to reveal — is a European Jew, reported the Washington Post.

The sale price of the watch was fine below estimate $2-4 million floated before the auction.

Offer buyers the opportunity to titillate with an object belonging to a genocidal murderer

The letter of the European Jewish Association said the auction was an “indictment of society, in which the memory, suffering and pain of others are ignored for financial gain”.

The auction sold an extensive catalog of Nazi memorabilia, including a Hitler painting, Hitler’s “last message” to Germany, a gold Reichstadler and a bust of Hitler that once belonged to Joseph Goebbels.

Other items up for auction included Wehrmacht toilet paper emblazoned with a swastika, cutlery and champagne glasses belonging to Nazi figures.

The Jewish Association said: “This auction, unwittingly or not, does two things: first, give relief to those who idealize what the Nazi Party stood for. Second: Offer shoppers the ability to tickle a guest or loved one with an item. belonging to a genocidal murderer and his followers”.

“While it is obvious that the lessons of history must be learned – and that legitimate Nazi artifacts belong in museums or places of higher learning – the items you are selling clearly are not. sold to the highest bidder in the open market. The market is an indictment of our society, an indictment in which the memory, suffering and pain of others are ignored for financial gain.”

Panagopulos said the washington post“A lot of people donate [Nazi artifacts] to museums and institutions, as we have done. Others need cash or simply choose to sell. It’s not our decision.”

Panagopulos said the auction resulted in death threats against him and his family.

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