קופסת סיגריות עם תבליט סמל הנשר וצלב קרס
The cigarette case with a swastika on sale at the auction
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Nazi postcards from World War II on sale at the auction

Jewish group seeks to ban Israeli auction of Nazi memorabilia

European Jewish Association demands Israel enacts law against sale of Holocaust-related items after Israeli auction house 'Pentagon' offered a Jewish passport, Nazi stamps, as well as an Austrian cigarette box bearing a swastika

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 12.23.21, 10:31
A prominent European Jewish group on is demanding for Israel to ban an auction offering Nazi memorabilia, which is set to take place in the country.
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  • The European Jewish Association filed a cease and desist letter on Wednesday against the Israeli auction house "Pentagon," which is offering several Holocaust-related items for sale to the highest bidder.
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    זוג גלויות נאציות שעומדות למכירה, החל מ-50 דולר
    זוג גלויות נאציות שעומדות למכירה, החל מ-50 דולר
    Nazi postcards from World War II on sale at the auction
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    The auction includes items such as a Jewish passport, Nazi leaflets, Nazi stamps, as well as an Austrian Nazi cigarette box with a relief of an eagle emblem and a swastika, with prices ranging from dozens to hundreds of shekels.
    Pentagon’s controversial auction comes weeks after Israel’s court suspended an unrelated auction of a partial tattoo kit billed as having been used on inmates at the Auschwitz death camp, following outcry from Holocaust survivors.
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    קופסת סיגריות עם תבליט סמל הנשר וצלב קרס
    קופסת סיגריות עם תבליט סמל הנשר וצלב קרס
    The cigarette case with a swastika on sale at the auction
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    "The State of Israel must enact a law against auctions of Nazi memorabilia,” wrote the head of the EJA, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, in his appeal to both the Justice Ministry and Yad Vashem.
    “My association is working with heads of state, ministers and senior members of parliament in EU countries, in order to prevent the cultivation of the Nazi heritage by putting such despicable items for sale at a high price.
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    סרט בד של עובד במחנה הריכוז דכאו הועמד למכירה
    סרט בד של עובד במחנה הריכוז דכאו הועמד למכירה
    A canvas band of a Dachau concentration camp employee on sale at the auction
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    “But shamefully, it seems that in the Jewish state of Israel, there are those who do not mind selling these items to the highest bidder,” wrote Margolin.
    He further suggested a legislative outline to "end the despicable phenomenon of making money, while belittling the memory of the Holocaust."
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    גלויה נדירה של הצורר אדולף היטלר, החל מ-50 דולר
    גלויה נדירה של הצורר אדולף היטלר, החל מ-50 דולר
    Postcard with Adolf Hitler on it
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    The Justice Ministry has yet to provide a response to the EJA’s appeal.

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