A watch used by Germany’s infamous Nazi leader and former chancellor Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1 million. When the watch was auctioned in the United States on Friday, an unidentified person bought the watch for this price.
The auction was organized by Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland, USA.
In a report, the BBC said that the watch sold at the auction was made by the European company Huber. Huber, a major watch and jewelry manufacturing company, is headquartered in Liechtenstein.
The watch has a golden colored cover. The lid is engraved with the Nazi swastika symbol and Adolf Hitler’s initials AH.
Huber’s company catalog says the watch was made in 1933 and was given to Hitler by a well-wisher on his birthday that year.
Coincidentally, Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and held this position until 1945. He is largely responsible for the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Around 10 million people around the world were killed by the Nazi forces led by Hitler in the war. At least six million of them were Jews.
On April 30, 1945, Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berghof, Germany. It was through his suicide that Yavanika fell in the Second World War.
Officials at Alexander Historical Auctions said a group of about 30 French soldiers entered the bunker shortly after Hitler committed suicide. After finding him dead there, the soldiers seized Hitler and various items in the bunker as souvenirs. One of those soldiers took this watch from dead Hitler.
However, before Friday’s auction, the watch had changed hands several times, said Alexander Auctions officials
Meanwhile, the European Jewish Association has condemned the sale of Hitler’s watches in the United States. In an open letter to the auction house, Rabbi (Jewish priest) Minashim Margolin, the association’s chairman, urged them to refrain from buying and selling such items in the future.
In the letter, Rabbi Margolin said, ‘It is true that we need to know history; And that’s why there are also legitimate displays of various Nazis in museums and various institutions of higher learning. The items you sell are not legitimate Nazi symbols.’
In response to the letter, Alexander Historical Auctions said their main goal is to preserve history. The organization’s senior vice president, Mindy Greenstein, told the BBC about this, “If we want to know the true history, then we must first preserve the historical monuments.” Alexander Historical Auctions is doing just that.
“We believe that history, good or bad, must be preserved.”