Criminal Code to Cover Sale and Purchase of Personal Property of Holocaust Victims

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about how people were profiting from the Holocaust.

This all came about because Viktor Kempf of Vancouver attempted to sell a pair of trousers purportedly worn by a prisoner of Auschwitz who had died in the holocaust. This matter came to light, after an article appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail. The publication found that said items included shoes and a suitcase taken from concentration camp prisoners, Star of David armbands that Jews were forced to wear and the alleged uniform of a Polish baker who died in Auschwitz.

EBay reacted quickly and responsibly by removing these 30 items from their website, making a sincerely apology, and then donating $40,000 to a charitable organization. The company admitted that they had no idea how long it had been helping sell items linked to genocide, but one Nazi memorabilia dealer boasted of selling an Auschwitz victim’s uniform for thousands of dollars on eBay last year. Ebay receives a commission on items sold, as well as charging a listing fee.

My argument was that the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is banned in France, Germany and Austria, so why is it not banned in Canada. The purchase of memorabilia from the Holocaust will only excite the sick and depraved, the neo-Nazis of the world.

In Canada, the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is not illegal. The only legislation applicable is Canada’s Criminal Code as the sale of these types of items does not meet criteria set out under current hate crime legislation.

The point that I am making is that it is morally and ethically wrong to profit from the Holocaust. Based on this same philosophy, Israel’s Yad Vashem refused to purchase Jozef Mengele’s hand written journals from Alexander Historical Auctions of Stamford, Connecticut since it felt that it would be wrong for anyone to profit from the Holocaust.

After discussing this matter with my federal Member of Parliament, Mark Adler, and convincing him that the Canadian Criminal Code should be amended to forbid the sale and purchase of material where someone can profit from the Holocaust, I am delighted that he has introduced Bill C-678, act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to make it an offence to sell or purchase the personal property of a holocaust survivor or victim, for the purpose of willfully promoting hatred as shown by the following extract from House of Common’s Hansard reporting service.

Mark Adler

No one should profit from the misfortune of anyone, especially a Holocaust victim or survivor. I thank Mr. Adler for strengthening Canada’s Criminal Code, and our country’s hate laws. Bill C-678 recently was introduced and received first reading in Parliament. Hopefully, it’s well under way to becoming law.