Auction house halts sale of Nazi-looted tattoo kit

A US court has put a temporary halt to the auction of a Nazi-looted tattoo kit that is allegedly connected to the Auschwitz death camp.

According to the Guardian, an Israeli court has found that online auction house eBay violated a former Israeli soldier’s rights, after he sued the company for the sale of “death tattoos” listed in 2005. When 69-year-old Avner Goldfarb discovered the tattoos for sale on eBay after seeing them on an article online, he learned the kit – made by a tattooist in Poland – was said to have been used at Auschwitz.

According to the Guardian, Goldfarb joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as an investor in 1991. Three years later, he reportedly received a kit from a tattooist who had been offered it by a man who claimed it was offered by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum as a “goodwill gift” to the United States. The man then made his way to the hotel where Goldfarb was staying in Slovakia. The tattoo kit was later auctioned to a Western European man who plans to display it at his funeral home.

According to his lawyers, Goldfarb is suing eBay for the sale of “extraordinary stuff” before a more comprehensive court order is issued. The auction house reportedly said in a statement that it will review the order before deciding on its next steps.

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