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The sale of memorabilia is prohibited in some countries in Europe. In 2000, in France, the Internet portal site Yahoo! was sued by the Union of Jewish Students and the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism for "justifying war crimes and crimes against humanity" by allowing such memorabilia to be sold via its auction pages. Yahoo!'s response was to ban the sale of Nazi memorabilia through its website. In 2003, a court in Paris cleared Yahoo!
The auction website eBay has guidelines regarding Nazi memorabilia; certain items are allowed, certain items are restricted and certain items are prohibited. Ebay followed the policies of Yahoo fearing equal litigation and has since banned the Nazi swastika on anything sold on their auction website save for coins, stamps, or printed period literature such as magazines, books, or pamphlets. The sale of original and reproduction Holocaust prisoner items continues unrestricted despite the ban on Nazi military and political items.
- Suzie Thomas, Oula Seitsonen, Vesa-Pekka Herva Nazi memorabilia, dark heritage and treasure hunting as “alternative” tourism: understanding the fascination with the material remains of World War II in Northern Finland Lapland's Dark Heritage Project, University of Helsinki, Finland
- BBC article
- Hate or History?
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