An auction house has defended putting a series of Nazi-related items up for sale — including a sign displaying a swastika.
It follows calls for the items to be housed in museums instead.
Scarva Auctions, which is near to Banbridge in Co Down, has listed a range of items as lots which are available to bid on via its website.
The Belfast Telegraph was alerted to the items yesterday after being contacted by a member of the public.
One lot is a metal sign which bears an eagle clutching a swastika with its feet, commonly known as the Nazi eagle.
The Anti-Defamation League states that the Nazi eagle was a symbol which first emerged in the 1920s, and following World War Two it was appropriated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
The auction house stressed to the Belfast Telegraph that it does not have a “political view on these items”.
It added there were numerous other auction websites which sell similar items.
Paula Tabakin, from Belfast, who describes herself as a progressive Jewish woman, said these items trigger in her “fear and historical trauma”, adding it was “concerning” these items end up in the hands of private collectors.
Other lots include a carved wooden Nazi eagle, a Nazi armband, photographs of German World War Two soldiers in their uniforms, as well as a reproduction badge bearing the symbol of a swastika.
The same auction house made headlines earlier this year after it listed a golliwog for auction.
Golliwogs, which gained popularity in a late 19th century children’s book series, are widely considered to be a degrading racist image and symbol associated with blackface.
At the time Scarva Auctions insisted that “no offence” was intended by the auction lot.
Yesterday a spokesperson for the business said: “Scarva Auctions do not have a political view on these items. If you care to search multiple auction websites you will find Nazi memorabilia, or Nazi associated items for sale.”