Holocaust education group calls for review of Nazi memorabilia sales amid rise in antisemitism


A Holocaust education group has called for a review of Nazi memorabilia sales which remain legal in the UK, amid the rise in visible antisemitism.

It comes after a dinner set owned by Adolf Hitler was pulled from sale in a Belfast auction after critics said it was “blind anti-semitism”.

The rare tablecloth, napkins and silver cutlery, which were due to be sold by Bloomfield Auctions in Northern Ireland, were used in a glass carriage handed to the Nazi leader by the German state railway to celebrate his 50th birthday in April 1939.

The haul was estimated to sell for around £20,000 and was being sold by a Northern Irish collector but it was struck off the list after its sale was widely criticised online.

The auction house said it now hoped the pieces could go to a museum.

Although selling memorabilia linked to the Holocaust is illegal in Germany, France and Austria it remains above board in the UK which has lead to many sales of contentious items in this country.

In the last decade, a number of artworks apparently signed by Hitler have been auctioned off for six-figure sums and a pair of 14 carat gold swastika cufflinks were sold for thousands with another pair which were engraved with “SS”.


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