Back­lash over Nazi items sold on Face­book

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Chris Dyer

NAZI mem­o­ra­bilia such as SS badges, a Third Re­ich mil­i­tary cross and pro­pa­ganda ma­te­rial are be­ing sold on Face­book.

Items in­clud­ing an SS badge, Ger­man mil­i­tary medals, Hitler Youth belt buck­les, a Christ­mas card sent by the Fuhrer and even Nazi ship menus, have re­cently been posted on the so­cial net­work’s Mar­ket­place.

A “hand painted cast iron bust” of Adolf Hitler was on sale as of yes­ter­day for £25 and a Hitler Youth fig­urine of a small boy wear­ing a Nazi uni­form with a huge Swastika dis­played be­hind, was of­fered for £100.

Also on sale was an “orig­i­nal” Third Re­ich photo al­bum of Hitler meet­ing crowds and greet­ing chil­dren, which was posted for £100.

There is no spe­cific law in the UK ban­ning the sale of Nazi mem­o­ra­bilia, but most ma­jor auc­tion houses and on­line shop­ping sites have poli­cies pre­vent­ing it.

Ac­cord­ing to Face­book’s pol­icy, items sold on­line must com­ply with the site’s com­mu­nity stan­dards which pro­hibit the sale of any­thing deemed of­fen­sive.

Cam­paign groups said in­ter­net com­pa­nies had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to stamp out the trade in Nazi arte­facts as the sale of such goods could fund far-Right groups and pro­mote an­tiSemitism.

Stephen Sil­ver­man, di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­force­ment at the Cam­paign Against anti-Semitism, said: “It is dif­fi­cult to com­ment with­out know­ing more about the in­ci­dent. How­ever, this is a far-from-straight­for­ward is­sue.

“While there are per­fectly le­git­i­mate rea­sons for ac­quir­ing Nazi mem­o­ra­bilia, it is also the case that such items are in de­mand by those who fetishise the Nazi regime or by far-Right groups who pub­licly dis­play them at their events.”

Face­book said it works to im­prove meth­ods of iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial breaches of its poli­cies and re­moves banned items when aware of them.

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