Holocaust memorabilia found on eBay -UK newspaper report


LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - EBay has removed from its listingsaround 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust,including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after anewspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on thee-commerce website, Britain's Mail on Sunday said.

The newspaper said its reporters found a range of items onthe site over the past week, including what was presented by thevendor as a complete Auschwitz uniform worn by a Polish bakerwho perished in the Nazi death camp.

The Mail on Sunday said it had alerted eBay andthat the online auctioneer had removed 30 items from sale andoffered to make a donation of 25,000 pounds ($40,000) to asuitable charity.

In a statement, eBay said: "We are very sorry these itemshave been listed on eBay and we are removing them. We don'tallow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staffto policing our site and use the latest technology to detectitems that shouldn't be for sale.

"We very much regret that we didn't live up to our ownstandards. We have made a donation to charity to reflect ourconcern," said the company, which receives a commission on itemssold and charges vendors a listing fee.

The Mail on Sunday said eBay had been unable to say how longsuch items may have been for sale on its website.

The paper said the purported Auschwitz uniform had beenpriced at 11,300 sterling by the vendor, a Ukrainian man basedin Canada, who had sold another batch of clothing purporting tobe linked to Auschwitz for $18,000 last year.

The report quoted the vendor, named as Viktor Kempf, assaying he had been criticised in the past for selling suchitems, but did so to "document" them and to fund history bookprojects.

"I don't want people to think I'm just doing it for themoney. These periods in history are horrific, nobody should everforget them," Kempf was quoted as saying.

Other items found on eBay by the British paper includedshoes and a toothbrush said to have belonged to concentrationcamp victims as well as yellow Star of David armbands used bythe Nazis to identify Jews for persecution.

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