EBay, which is the Internet auction website, has removed alleged Holocaust memorabilia from their site and issued an apology. They expressed extreme regret for putting up the items after an examination was done by a British newspaper and it found the listed pieces.
On Sunday, The Mail informed the public that eBay had removed over 30 entries for objects that were ranging from a beaten suitcase and a yellow armband with the Star of David on it, which designated the wearer as being Jewish, to a pair of shoes professed to have belonged to one of the victims of the death camps and a whole uniform which was stated to have belonged to an Auschwitz death camp prisoner who was located in Poland.
However, none of the items had any authenticity attached to them and they could not be independently confirmed by any sort of company or firm.
EBay released a statement in which it said they were very sorry the items had been put on eBay and they were taking them down. They added that they do not allow items of such a nature to be put up, and devoted thousands of staff members to regulating their auction site. They explained they used the newest technology in order to detect items which should not go up for sale.
They also explained how they very much regretted that they failed to live up to their own ethics and standards and had made a charity donation to show their concern.
It was listed on eBay that the uniform was attempted to be sold by a person going by the name Viktor Kempf, who was a resident of Vancouver, Canada. Kempf told the newspaper that he had purchased the clothes from an American dealer and maintained that they were real. He defined himself as a historian who was vending the clothes to supply book projects with monetary funds. Kempf also explained that he had sold another clothes set which was connected to Auschwitz for almost $19,000.
Simon Schama, who is a British historian and also is Jewish, stated that he thought selling such items on eBay was completely beyond belief. He stated that there was no moral standard to which eBay would not lower itself to to make money. He added that the listings were appalling acts of ethical shame.
Any sales of things that are from the Holocaust are illegal in France, Germany, Austria and France. It was not yet clear if eBay violated any of the laws in those countries.
EBay is like the majority of the Internet. It is basically unedited. This consequence means that incidents of such a nature are able to happen. Almost anything can go up for sale on there, and it usually does.
People can wonder who on earth would buy these things, and it really is unknown for the market is large out there. EBay now will have to deal with the regret of what it has done. EBay removing the Holocaust memorabilia from its site and issuing an apology is a start but one has to wonder if they would have done this if they had not been found out.
By Kimberly Ruble