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One of the most expensive items in the Friday auction catalog at Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, is a candy bowl worth at least $3,000, which, according to the auction house, belonged to Hitler and was stolen from his Berghof residence near Munich.
It is adorned with the golden Reichsadler symbol – the Imperial Eagle of the Nazi Party – and the initials AH.
Another item from the same price — a dog collar said to have been worn by the Scottish terrier Eva Braun, Hitler's wife. in German, also decorated with many metal swastikas.
The European Jewish Association, based in Brussels, condemned the sale of the Fuhrer's personal belongings, saying it only brings “help to those who idealize Nazi values” or offers “buyers the opportunity to tease other people with an item belonging to a genocidal killer and his supporters", — wrote group chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin in a letter to the auction house.
Bill Panagopoulos, president of Alexander Historical Auctions, has been criticized for previous sales, including the sale of the personal diaries of Josef Mengele, a notorious Nazi war criminal.
"What we sell — this is criminal evidence, no matter how insignificant it may be. This is tangible, real direct evidence that Hitler and the Nazis lived and persecuted and killed tens of millions of people. Destroy or in any way prevent the display or protection of this material — a crime against history.", — Panagopoulos wrote in response to the criticism.
“The buyers are not neo-Nazis who are too poor and too stupid to appreciate any historical material,” – he added.
Cheaper items from the Hitler and Braun collection include cutlery, champagne glasses, a beer glass tray and stationery. Several bids were placed on some of the items on Thursday, including a collar up to $2,750 and a vase for sweets up to $1,600.
“The sale of these items is disgusting. Most of the exhibited lots have little to no historical value,” — Margolin wrote to the auction house in a letter signed by 34 members and leaders of European Jewish communities.
The European Jewish Association does not know if the items for sale are genuine, a representative of the organization told the Jewish Telegraph Agency.
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