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EXPOSED Holocaust auction website (Outrageous sick trade out of peoples misery!)
Question is who is offering these items for auction?? Daily Mail-
A thriving trade in Holocaust artefacts from the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis is outraging Jewish groups worldwide.
Internet sales of the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear, dolls allegedly cuddled by children in death camps like Auschwitz and the paper money used in ghettos in Poland are part of the latest craze for militaria collectors.
Earlier this month, a curiosity shop in Montreal, Canada, was condemned by Jewish groups for selling a bar of soap allegedly made from the fat of Holocaust victims.
Controversial: This doll allegedly from a Jewish child at Buchenwald concentration camp is on sale for around £1,700
The beige bar of soap, inscribed with a swastika, was displayed in a glass case with a card that said 'Poland 1940'.
The store owner, Abraham Botines - himself Jewish - claimed the soap was 'made out of people... the fat of people' and said he believed it was important to display and sell such items to 'remember the Holocaust'.
Alice Herscovitch, director of Montreal's Holocaust Centre, said: 'The sale of objects which glorify Nazis and hatred, to me, do nothing.
'They certainly don't help us remember. This is disgusting.
'These Holocaust items, they should not be out there in a promotional, sales kind of way.'
The bar of soap - which is likely to be a fake as postwar research showed the Nazis did not make soap from death camp victims - is one of thousands of sought-after Holocaust-related items for collectors.
Concerns have been raised that the items could be falling into the hands of right-wing fanatics.
Trade: Jewish groups have said the selling of concentration camp artefacts cheapens the memory of the millions killed in them during World War Two
In December, a neo-Nazi from Sweden organised the theft of the 'Work Sets You Free' sign above the gates of Auschwitz where 1.2 million Jews were gassed during World War Two. The sign was later recovered.
The Jewish Memory website, based in the U.S., said it collects from Germany, Poland and other European countries to offer Holocaust artefacts for sale.
It states: 'Until now there is no place where there are gathered different samples of badges, armbands, uniforms, patches worn during World War Two in concentration camps and Jewish ghettos.
'If you have some items of that period please do not hesitate to send us pictures and description of the items you have.
'A very sad reminder of a very sad time, but nevertheless a real piece of Jewish history to teach your children or for the avid collector of these items.
'The items from this period of history help people to remember those horrible times and never repeat them again.'
The site currently has an 'extremely rare Jewish Holocaust wood doll from concentration camp Auschwitz' for sale at $2,500 (£1,700).
It also offers a pair of wooden clogs allegedly worn by a prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany for $5,000 (£3,400), several cloth yellow stars and another wooden doll allegedly from a child at Buchenwald.
Another website, Historama, operates out of Israel and currently offers ghetto work permits, arrest warrants and money. Most of the ghetto Jews in occupied Poland were killed.
Dr David Silberklang, of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Centre in Israel, said: 'It's an indignity to the people who were killed and to the event.
'This is not a commercial event. It's an event that affected all of humanity in the most horrible way - changed history in the most radical way.
'And I think that there's something, it kind of cheapens the memory of all that, the significance, by turning it to something commercial.'
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