eBay Removes, Apologizes for Holocaust Souvenir Auctions

by Christopher Freeburn | November 4, 2013 12:20 pm

ebay logo 630[1]Internet auction giant eBay (EBAY[2]) is facing criticism over listings for Nazi-related items on its website[3].

The company said it was sorry after a British newspaper identified 30 items relating to the Holocaust placed up for bid on the website. Those auctions have been canceled and eBay said it has “made a donation to charity to reflect our concern,” CNN notes.

An official for the World Jewish Congress said the sale of items linked to the Holocaust was “outrageous, disgusting and disrespectful,” but said eBay “did the right thing” by withdrawing the items.

In its listing policy, eBay bans the auctioning of certain items associated with the Nazis, though it does permit the selling of “historical items.”

The U.K.’s Daily Mail found a variety of items — including a uniform worn by an Auschwitz victim[4] — listed for sale.

Last month, the U.S. law enforcement authorities made public efforts to locate Romanian scammers who used a number of online retailers — including eBay — to swindle people into buying cars that didn’t exist[5].

  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ebay-logo-630.jpg
  2. EBAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EBAY
  3. listings for Nazi-related items on its website: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/03/world/ebay-holocaust-memorabilia/
  4. including a uniform worn by an Auschwitz victim: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2485251/Ebays-sick-trade-Holocaust-souvenirs-Outrage-auctions-Death-Camp-relics.html
  5. swindle people into buying cars that didn’t exist: http://investorplace.com/2013/10/fbi-issues-wanted-poster-man-behind-ebay-car-scams/#.UnfWMpG1Kf0

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