A court in Tel Aviv has suspended the auction of a set of needle systems that were used by Nazis during World War II to tattoo numbers on the arms of Jewish prisoners at the Auschwitz extermination camp.
The Tel Aviv District Court made the decision after the survivors requested Tzolman’s Auction to halt the sale of the Nazi stamp.
The court set the hearing of the case on November 16.
Acting on the court order, Tzolman’s Auction suspended the auction of the Nazi stamp.
Aside from Holocaust survivors, some Jewish leaders are also angry about the auction of the Nazi stamp.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, chairman of the European Jewish Association already wrote a letter to Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, calling on the lawmaker to intervene and stop the “despicable sale.”
“How can it be that the world is about to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht – Night of Broken Glass – yet Tzolman’s Auction is looking to profit from the sale of stamps used by Nazis?” Margolin said.
In a statement, Tzolman’s Auction defended its action of selling the needle system saying they have been working for many years to sell Judaica and collectibles in order to preserve the heritage of Israel and Judaism.
They said the items in question garnered great interest and extensive public discourse and preserve the memory of the Holocaust.
Moreover, the auction house said that it was trying to sell the items to an individual who would then donate them to a Holocaust museum.
They added that they are also selling the Nazis’ marketing and operation booklets.