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After listing about 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia, eBay apologized and removed the items.
According to the Daily Mail, items seen on the auctioning site included clothes, toothbrushes, shoes and Star of David armbands of concentration camp victims, as well as a uniform thought to be worn by a Polish baker who died in Auschwitz.
When eBay was alerted of the disturbing sale of the items, they removed them and investigated the matter. Soon after, the site apologized and said they would donate $40,000 to charity.
Tanya Lawler, eBay's vice-president for UK marketplaces, reported that the site was unaware of just how long the items were promoted, but apologized for the sale of the items. "We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them,” she said. “We don't allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn't be for sale. We very much regret that we didn't live up to our own standards.”
According to The Telegraph, the seller of the Holocaust memorabilia was Ukranian Viktor Kempf, a historian who now lives in Vancouver, Canada. He admitted to selling a concentration camp uniform on eBay last year as well – someone bought it for £11,200.
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