Nazi memorabilia sold at WA auction house

A tasteless collection of Nazi memorabilia has been sold at an auction house in WA, sparking outrage.

Fake Nazi badges and a replica Nazi pistol are some of the items recently sold at an auction house in Albany, Western Australia.

The local business, Snowball Auctions Albany, sold the items on Friday the 11th on behalf of a local collector for $200, although none of the items are actually historical artifacts.

A complaint was lodged with the auction house by the son of a Holocaust survivor, who feared the items could end up in the hands of neo-Nazis and extremists.

A spokesperson for Snowball Auctions acknowledged there had been negative reaction to the sale, but saw no reason to remove the items from the listing. He said people who were worried about the collection were “living in the past”.

He went on to say that it was the replica gun that collectors were really interested in and that the badges probably came from the internet.

“It’s really just part of a wartime army…when ANZAC Day comes around there will be a lot of war memorabilia being sold as well,” he said.

For many people, however, Nazi imagery symbolizes the slaughter of millions of men, women and children, many of whom were forced into gas chambers as part of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution during the Second World War.

Anti-Defamation Commission Chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich said he wrote to Snowball Auctions urging them to remove the items from sale, but received no response.

Calling the collection a “showcase of pure evil”, Dr Abramovich said the sale symbolized “the unimaginable suffering inflicted by the Nazis and the trampling on the memory of the victims”.

“This awful item was probably purchased by Hitler worshipers who wanted to hang it proudly in their living room…Companies own the message of the items they sell and it’s hurtful that Snowball Auctions didn’t see any of it.” wrong.”

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