eBay removes Nazi Holocaust memorabilia offered for sale: report

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 November, 2013, 6:06am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 November, 2013, 6:06am

eBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust, including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after a newspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on the e-commerce website, Britain's Mail on Sunday said.

The newspaper said its reporters found a range of items on the site over the past week, including what was presented by the vendor as a complete Auschwitz uniform worn by a Polish baker who perished in the Nazi death camp.

The Mail on Sunday said it had alerted eBay and that the online auctioneer had removed 30 items from sale and offered to make a donation of £25,000 (HK$312,000) to a suitable charity.

eBay said: "We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them. We don't allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn't be for sale.

"We have made a donation to charity to reflect our concern."

The Mail on Sunday said eBay had been unable to say how long such items may have been for sale on its website. The paper said the purported Auschwitz uniform had been priced at £11,300 by the vendor, a Ukrainian man based in Canada, who had sold another batch of clothing purporting to be linked to Auschwitz for US$18,000 last year.

The report quoted the vendor as saying he sold the objects to fund history book projects.