Irish auction house lists Nazi memorabilia

An auction house in Ireland will auction off some 30 Nazi memorabilia items next month, including Adolf Hitler’s personal belongings.

Bloomfield Auctions, an auction house in Ireland, has listed about 30 Nazi memorabilia items on its website, including personal belongings of Adolf Hitler and other Nazi figures, to be auctioned off next month, reports The Jerusalem Post.

Among others, the personal items belonging to Hitler include a pencil he received as a gift from Eva Braun on his 52nd birthday, his lead crystal champagne glasses and his personal silverware, which is monogrammed with a swastika and his initials.

The items are estimated to be worth around £7,000-£10,000, although most have a current bid of £1. Currently, there is a £100 bid on the pencil, and a single photo of Hitler received the highest bid, £130.

Ireland has no laws against the use of the swastika, though the police have used the Inciting Hatred Act (1989) to prohibit its display in the past.

The Chairman of the European Jewish Association, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, has written to the managing director of East Belfast Auction House Bloomfield on Tuesday, urging him to withdraw several items belonging to Hitler from the upcoming auction. He made a moral appeal to the auction house, stating that the items do not have inherent historical value and that their sale could potentially glorify the actions of the Nazis. Furthermore, their trade is an insult to the millions who perished during the Holocaust and to Jews everywhere.

According to The Guardian, Karl Bennett, managing director of the auction house, said they expected interest from around the world, adding that “for me, as a high-end collector of military items, they preserve a piece of our past and should be treated as historical objects, no matter if the history they refer to was one of the darkest and most controversial in recorded history.”