Replica Zyklon B cans on sale

April 20, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has questioned Channel 9 why a TV host referred to a replica of Zyklon B canister marketed as giftgas  being “cool”.

The segment on Channel’s “Today” was reporting on a story broken by Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper revealing that the replica cans of Zyklon B, the gas used by the Nazis to murders hundreds and thousand of Jews in the Holocaust, were being sold at the Melbourne Arms and Militaria Fair.

A father told the Herald Sun he left the fair with his son. “Seeing replica canisters of Zyklon B for sale was one of the most confronting, traumatising and shocking sights that I have ever seen,” he told the Herald Sun.

The organisers of the fair that they would take steps in there future to disallow product like this being shown and the supplier offered apologies for causing any offence.


Peter Wertheim, the joint CEO of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry told J-Wire: “Karl Stefanovic on Channel 9 TV show TODAY this morning covered the story about replica canisters of Zyklon B gas which were being sold at a gun fair.

Zyklon B was the gas used by the Nazis to mass murder Jews in the extermination camps during the Holocaust.  When it was pointed out that the replica canisters were being marketed as “Gas Gifts”, which is a play on the German “Giftgas” – meaning “poison gas” – Karl Stefanovic responded: “That’s cool”.  This seems like an odd response in that context.  Perhaps Mr Stefanovic can provide viewers with an explanation of what he meant by that response.

There has been a rise in antisemitic incidents in Australia of 10% each year for the last two years, or 20% over two years. This includes incidents such as physical assaults, verbal abuse, vandalism, graffiti, posters, and hate messages via phone and email. During the last twelve month period, to 30 September 2017, one-fifth of antisemitic incidents were perpetrated by one particular neo-Nazi group, which has produced and distributed posters encouraging the shooting of Jews and homosexuals.  There should be limits on what people will do to earn a profit.  One would hope that anyone with a moral compass would draw the line at trading in paraphernalia associated with mass murder.”

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One Response to “Replica Zyklon B cans on sale”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    What idiot manufactured this tin in Australia or why was it not confiscated if imported?

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