Some Jewish leaders are angry towards an auction house in Jerusalem that offered for sale 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 needle system which is expected to be sold at $30,000-$40,000 is being auctioned by Tzolman’s Auction.
According to the reports, 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.