An auction house has again come under fire for selling ‘horrendous’ Nazi memorabilia.
A WW2 German Luftwaffe officer’s cap with the Nazi symbol worth between £300 and £400 and a German Hitler Youth knife worth between £240 and £280 , are set to go under the hammer in Amersham later today (Thursday, Aug 18).
John West has contacted the Bucks Free Press to raise concerns about Nazi relics.
He said, “It’s shameful. The modern world has no place for stories about the most brutal event in world history to exist. I think it’s awful that it even comes with some stuff for £500 and it’s just one item. There are daggers, all uniform.
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“Everyone has to remember what the story is about, but to buy this stuff you have to be sympathetic to the Nazi cause, otherwise why buy it at all.”
Amersham Auction Rooms listed a number of lots bearing Nazi symbolism and imagery at an auction held on August 18.
The relics offered for sale are:
- A German Hitler Youth knife the blade with an inscription
- A German Kriegsmarine flag bearing a swastika
- A German army dagger the blade stamped WKC Solingen
- German military collectibles, viz. a Cossack badge; a U-boat clasp and two SS lapel badges
- German military uniform titles viz. two SS chevrons, a high rank PR collar patch and a propaganda poster
In June 2019, Amersham Auction Rooms were branded “inappropriate” for selling Nazi artefacts on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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The D-Day invasion, or Normandy landings, was one of the most crucial operations of World War II.
The landings began on June 6, 1944, and marked the beginning of the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe from Nazi control.
Mr West remembers visiting Amersham auction houses to protest the sale of Nazi items three years ago. He said he would protest again today.
He said: “I’m still going to stand out. I think it’s so wrong, the last time they sold memorabilia on D-Day holding up two fingers to the troops who fought for our country and died .
The story was covered by the BFP at the time, with Isobel Darby, Leader of Chiltern District Council, commenting at the time: ‘It is absolutely inappropriate and regrettable that they have decided to do this today .”
A director of Amersham Auction Rooms was approached for a response but declined to comment.