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Buyer spends more than €600,000 at Nazi memorabilia auction

A buyer who said he came from Argentina has spent more than €600,000 (£465,000) on Nazi memorabilia, including one of Adolf Hitler’s jackets, at a controversial auction in Germany, according to reports.
The mystery buyer spent €275,000 (£210,000) on the jacket and €3,000 (£2,320) on a set of Hermann Göring’s silk underwear in his purchases of more than 50 items, reported German newspaper Bild.
Using the number 888, the man reportedly dominated the auction in Munich, outbidding others on most items. Bild sent an undercover reporter to the event, which was formally closed to the press after a public outcry.
The number evokes the neo-Nazi code 88, which stands for the banned greeting “Heil Hitler”.
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Bild reported that the auction room was filled with “young couples, elderly men, and muscular guys with shaved heads and tribal tattoos”.
The top bidder also bought the brass container that held the hydrogen cyanide that Göring, chief of the air force and founder of the Gestapo secret police, used to kill himself hours before his scheduled execution in 1946 in Nuremberg.
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The items, sold in the auction titled “Hitler and the Nazi grandees – a look into the abyss of evil”, were formerly owned by late US army medic John K Lattimer, who was general medical officer during the Nuremberg trials.
German law prohibits the open display and distribution of Nazi objects, slogans and symbols, but not their purchase or ownership, for example by researchers and collectors.

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