February 27, 2020
Press Release: CIJA Shocked by Quebec City Auction House Profiting from the Sale of a Nazi Honorary Medal Awarded to Holocaust Collaborators
Montreal, QC — A Quebec website, Encan en Ville, is auctioning two Nazi honorary medals, and two other items – a medal and a penknife – associated with the racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
One of the Nazi medals is a double sworded War Merit Cross, which, according to Holocaust historian Dieter Pohl, was a distinction awarded to Nazi murderers from the Waffen-SS and concentration camp personnel.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affaires (CIJA) has engaged in lengthy discussions with a co-owner of Encan en Ville, who has decided to keep the items up for sale.
In response, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair CIJA-Québec, issued the following:
“While trading Nazi memorabilia and other items related to racist ideologies is not illegal in Canada, it is morally indefensible to allow entities to profit from items emblematic of the genocide of Jews and the murderous persecution of African Americans.
“Furthermore, trading such items may make them available to extremists for the purposes of hate propaganda.
“Last fall, thanks to CIJA’s action, the Maynard Auction House in Richmond, B.C. made the wise decision of withdrawing Nazi items from auction.
“We reiterate our call to the owners of Encan en Ville to look to their conscience and, in the interest of civic responsibility, to have these symbols of hatred and the destruction of innocent lives removed from auction and donated to institutions that can present them in an appropriate educational context.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.