Nazi memorabilia was prevented from being sold online by Dutch prosecutors.
The item for sale in this case was a bar of soap taken from near Westerbork, a Dutch concentration camp during world war 2.
A Nazi refugee, detention and transit camp in the town of Hooghalen, nine kilometres south of the city of Assen in the north-eastern Netherlands; used in exportation and mass murder of civilians during World War 2 .
The Soap bar is being investigated by police to see if it contains human remains. The Westerbork Memorial Museum has the rights of ownership of the so called ‘memorabilia’. The museum had always thought since its conception that the Local people would respect such items, if found, and hand them in to authorities. The German Nazi Regime under Hitler put to death millions of Jews and other minorities on an industrial scale. The Jews were particularly targeted by Hitler and his cronies. The Allies Knew of the existence of such camps but they were in no position to object. London was under the Blitz, and the World was at war. After the Russians pushed back Hitler all the way to Germany; together with the allied landings in Normandy, the atrocities came to light. The World vowed not to forget at the time. Just by seeing the images now it leaves you speechless.
The unnamed antiquities vendor who tried to sell the soap handed himself into police to answer questions after the auction was cancelled.
He had also handed over the two bars of soap, which are now being examined to see if they do indeed contain traces of human remains.
Historian Arthur Haraf said the soap was one of a number of items found near the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork, from which Dutch Jews were sent to extermination camps.
Westerbork was a Nazi refugee, detention and transit camp in the town of Hooghalen, nine kilometres south of the city of Assen in the north-eastern Netherlands.
The other items had been dentures, tooth brushes and glasses, which he claimed were taken from the Jews at the concentration camp.
Haraf said: “This is a terrible act and against the law. Whatever is found near the concentration camp and belongs to the events of World War II automatically becomes property of the Westerbork Memorial Museum.”
Jewish organisations responded angrily at the news of the Dutch vendor. Spokesperson for the Dutch Jewish organisation CIDI, Ron Eisenman, said: “It is saddening and disgusting to find out that there are people interested in gaining money from the Holocaust.”
He added: “We can only watch and hope that collectors will use healthy logic and will not participate in these things.”
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