Nazi memorabilia for sale

‘Perverse’ auction of Hitler’s personal items

Anti-Defamation Commission says sale of cigarette box, decanter and other objects purportedly owned by the Nazi dictator ‘tramples on the memory of the victims of the Holocaust’.

Source: JB Military Antiques
Source: JB Military Antiques

A NUMBER of items purportedly owned by Adolf Hitler have been made available to the public by a Western Australian auction house, with the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) charging that their sale glorifies the Nazi leader.

Among the objects JB Military Antiques put on the auction block were a cigarette box, decanter, ice bucket, gravy boat and hairbrush, a number of which it touted as “exceptional and very rare”. Bidding is set to close on Sunday morning.

The cigarette box and hairbrush were the most sought after items with over 20 bids each, with the former fetching an asking price of $12,500. The items feature Nazi insignia and the initials “AH” for Adolf Hitler.

The ADC, which has been pushing to outlaw the sale of Nazi memorabilia, described the auction as “perverse and twisted”.

Items that purportedly belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler that have been put up for auction in Australia by JB Military Antiques.

“If Hitler was alive today, he would be thanking JB Military Antiques and applauding their lurid trade, delighted that his legacy is being mainstreamed and promoted in Australia,” ADC chair Dvir Abramovich said in a statement.

“The extermination and dehumanisation of millions should not have a tag price and be offered to the highest bidder. The perverse and twisted sale of these blood-stained items that belonged to a monster tramples on the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and is a spit on the graves of the valiant diggers who sacrificed their lives to defeat this evil tyrant.”

He also called the auction “a kick in the stomach” to Holocaust survivors.

Abramovich called for the auction house to immediately pull the items and for WA Premier Mark McGowan to ban the sale of Nazi memorabilia.

The owner of JB Military Antiques, Jamey Blewitt, said he would continue to sell the items.

“Whilst this is a period of history which has caused and continues to cause pain and discomfort for a great number of people … these items are sold as historical artifacts in their nature and speak more about the educational legacy … as opposed to me or my auction house wanting to glorify or promote Nazism or the ideals and beliefs of Adolf Hitler,” Blewitt said.

The ADC has previously tussled with the auction house, which last year put a photo of Abramovich alongside Hitler in a Facebook post after objections to its sale of Nazi memorabilia.

JB military Antiques think that comparing ADC Chairman Dvir Abramovich to Hitler is OK

Posted by ADC AntiDefamation Commission on Saturday, October 3, 2020

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