Wiesenthal Center Outraged by Ebay Auction of Dachau Victim’s Ring

February 26, 2010

Center says “eBay should not allow itself to be a partner in such an disgusting and ghoulish enterprise.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today expressed outrage at the online auction site eBay for allowing a seller to auction a ring purportedly taken from a victim of the Dachau concentration camp. The description reads: “i got this ring off my uncle who was station at dachau during ww2, he pocketed 50 rings from one of the crates, ive had this ring for a long time, i don't know if the owner of this is still alive, so i decided to sell it”

“This ghoulish attempt to profit from victims murdered by the Nazis, flouts basic human morality,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Center. “eBay should not allow itself to be a partner in such an disgusting and ghoulish enterprise,” he added.

Cooper strongly urged eBay to immediately remove this auction and bar its sponsor. “In this way EBay will stand up for the dignity of the memory of victims of the Nazis, a dignity robbed by their Nazi tormentors during World War II,” he concluded.

The link to the eBay page is: http://cgi.ebay.com/ORIGNIAL-JEWISH-Holocaust-RING_W0QQitemZ220561767115QQcm

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