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December 24, 2009

Simon Wiesenthal Center To eBay: Cancel Online Auction Of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign

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Simon Wiesenthal Center To eBay: Cancel Online Auction Of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging eBay to cancel the auction of an “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, touted as “similar to the one in Auschwitz” being offered for sale by a Pennsylvania man using the name “SS panzergrenadier.”

The description on eBay reads:

“For sale is a sign in German meaning “Work for freedom” that dates back to the 1700’s and was used in many Nazi concentration camps. It was designed specifically from the sign over the main gate at Auschwitz. It measures about 7 feet long and is made from 1/4 round bar steel with 1/8 x 3/4 steel lettering…Note: Gate is not included.”

“The denigration of the victims of Nazi Holocaust continues unabated –from Iran’s Holocaust-denying president, to thieves who stole the actual sign from the Auschwitz death camp”, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in a statement from Jerusalem. “People of goodwill the world over expressed their shock and indignation after the real sign was stolen-including the son of an ex-American GI who fought the Nazis, who contacted the Wiesenthal Center to volunteer to make a new sign for the Auschwitz Museum.”

“eBay, one of the world’s most powerful marketing tools has a moral obligation to remove this callous ‘auction’ item by someone using the call letters of the (Nazi) SS seeking to cash in on last week’s criminal act at Auschwitz,” Cooper concluded.

YWN notes that more than 12 hours after the first complaint was submitted, the item is still under review by ebay, despite being in direct violation of Ebays policies.

The item can be viewed at the following eBay link:

(Meir Lewettes – YWN)


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