I recently read about the rise in the sale of Nazi memorabilia. Artifacts — photos of Hitler, rings, armbands displaying a swastika — are being sold at auction for thousands of dollars. The Washington Post reported Hitler’s telephone, from his bunker, being sold at auction for $243,000, for example.
The Post quoted Terry Kovel, one of the country’s best known experts on antiques, saying, “The market for historic Nazi memorabilia is definitely growing. A lot of people are afraid the whole Nazi thing has been forgotten.”
I should have been shocked at that news. But my wife and I had just returned from such an auction, down the road from our house.
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