Holocaust survivor: No sale of Nazi items

Feb. 17, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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PHOENIX, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Holocaust survivor in Arizona says putting World War II-era Nazi items on the auction block is "feeding hate."

R&R Auction in Phoenix is holding the auction Feb. 28. The items, from a private collection, include Nazi flags, a plaque showing Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler and officers' hats from the German military, KPHO-TV in Phoenix reports.

Helen Handler, 80, was a prisoner in the Auschwitz death camp until she was freed at the age of 16. The rest of her family -- parents, grandparents, brothers, aunts and uncles and cousins -- died in the Holocaust.

"What they are doing is giving life to something that killed," Handler said of the sale of Nazi memorabilia. "They are feeding hate."

Buying and selling Nazi items is not banned in the United States and auctions are common on the Internet auction site eBay.

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