Hitler speeches sell for $40,000 at auction despite objections | Germany

Critics had urged the Munich auction house to stop selling, saying they would encourage neo-Nazis.

Handwritten speeches by Adolf Hitler were auctioned off in Munich on Friday, although Jewish groups feared they might encourage neo-Nazis.

Hermann Historica auction house defended the sale of the manuscripts, all of which were dated prior to the outbreak of World War II, saying they were of historical importance and should be kept in a museum.

The documents were sold to anonymous bidders well above their starting prices.

A nine-page manuscript by Hitler in which he described his speech to new military officers in Berlin about eight months before the start of World War II in 1939, fetched the maximum price of 34,000 euros.

A prominent European Jewish organization had criticized the auction house’s decision to sell the banknotes, stating that it “defied logic, decency and humanity” in order to put them on the market.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association, said the sale was worrying amid rising anti-Semitism in Germany.

“I cannot imagine how irresponsible and insensitive it is to sell items like the talk of the world’s greatest murderer of Jews to the highest bidder in such a feverish climate,” he said in a statement.

“Which auctions like this one help legitimize Hitler enthusiasts who live off such things.”