Israeli court halts auction of kits used to mark inmates of Auschwitz as Jewish

The Israeli Supreme Court has halted the auction of a tattoo kit that authorities suspect was used by Nazi concentration camp inmates to mark them as Jewish. The court issued an order Tuesday to…

Israeli court halts auction of kits used to mark inmates of Auschwitz as Jewish

The Israeli Supreme Court has halted the auction of a tattoo kit that authorities suspect was used by Nazi concentration camp inmates to mark them as Jewish.

The court issued an order Tuesday to temporarily hold the auction of a skin puck used by prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. The kit would have fetched $600.

Last month, a Jerusalem auction house announced that a Nazi tattoo kit would be going up for auction. The auction house was taken to court by the state of Israel over the sale.

The kits helped mark Jewish prisoners as “Jew” or “camp worker.” They were found among the equipment of the Nazis and their collaborators.

Chief prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit accused Pirosh Gallery of offering the kits without realizing that by doing so, it would break the law.

Pirosh Gallery has already issued a statement claiming that “there were no camps in Poland that used these kits.” It has insisted that it acted in accordance with the law.

Mandelblit said that all elements of the investigation would be taken into account when deciding whether to charge the gallery.

“According to the state statute of homicide, Jews who were transported to a place where their ethnicity was marked with tattoos or with tattoos were victims of homicide,” he said.

Court spokesman Nimrod Barkan told Haaretz newspaper on Tuesday that the new ruling would remain in effect until the case was closed.

“The state prosecutor will refer the auction to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court and the proceedings will be finished in the coming weeks,” he said.

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