An auction house in Jerusalem has received backlash for putting up for sale a tattoo stamp set used by the Nazis to brand Auschwitz prisoners during World War II.
The Tzolmans auction house will auction the set of stamps made from needles on Nov. 9, describing it as “a shocking and extremely rare museum item of unparalleled historical significance.
The stamp set is one of the only three known to exist and is estimated at a price between $30,000 to $40,000, according to the auction house.
The sale includes the Nazis’ marketing and operation booklets.
Dani Dayan, head of Israel’s national Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, criticized the auction as “morally unacceptable,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
“The appropriate place for these historical artifacts from the period of the Holocaust is in Yad Vashem… where they can be thoroughly researched, expertly preserved, and ultimately utilized as historical testimony for the purposes of research, education, and commemoration,” Dayan said.
According to local newspaper Hamodia, European Jewish Association Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin called on Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar in a letter to stop the “despicable sale.”
Auctioneer Meir Tzolman said that he put up the stamp set for auction “to help increase awareness of the suffering of Holocaust survivors,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
Tzolman said that he had received calls from bidders who want to buy the item to donate it to a museum.
“I hope this will ultimately be a win-win situation, where the owner gets a good price for it and that it will find a home in a museum where it can give proper respect to its history,” Tzolman said.
However, Dayan said that the sale “only encourages the proliferation of counterfeits.”
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