1938 “Jews Unwanted” sign fetches $550

January 9, 2023 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The president of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies says the sale of Nazi memorabilia “impacts the sense of safety and security of all Queenslanders.

Image: Danielle Elizabeth website

The Australian had reported that the Danielle Elizabeth Auction House at Southport on the Gold Coast was to auction 166 lots, including a “Jews Unwanted” sign. The online event was held yesterday.

The national broadsheet describes the lots “most of which are Nazi militaria and Holocaust artefacts from World War II supplied by the ailing son of a German SS officer”.

QLDJBD president Jason Steinberg told J-Wire: “The sale of items that include Nazi symbols with impunity impacts the sense of safety and security of all Queenslanders, including those who are members of groups and communities that have historically been the targets of Nazi policies of genocide, mass murder and other forms of persecution, such as Jews, Roma people, the disabled and LGBTIQ people.

The sooner Queensland has legislation banning the public display of hate symbols and empowering the police to remove and confiscate hate paraphernalia the better.

This will be a useful tool in countering the proliferation of extremist ideologies.”

Steinberg was backed up by The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark, who told The Australian: “NSW has strong and effective laws banning the public display of Nazi symbols, which includes displaying such symbols online and on social media.

Among other items, a building sign saying ‘Jews Unwanted’ should never be offered for sale in Australia. This is sickening and beyond the pale. These items belong in a museum as a constant reminder of the pain and suffering innocent people endured at the hands of the Nazis, and the bravery of our Diggers who fought to defeat them.”

Queensland is reportedly preparing legislation to join Victoria and NSW, who have passed into law a ban on publicly displaying Nazi symbols.

Bidding closed yesterday. The “Jews Unwanted” sign sale price had been estimated between $120 and $250. It was sold for $550.

On its website, Danielle Elizabeth states that profits from commissions were being donated to Project Karma which “busts” paedophile rings.

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