Hitler’s watch at auction amid controversy, anonymous collector pays out 1 million euros

Hitler’s watch at auction amid controversy, anonymous collector pays out 1 million euros

The object is a birthday gift watch to the Nazi leader which has a swastika and the letters AH engraved on it. Jewish associations condemned the choice.

Over a million euros, that’s what an anonymous collector paid out to grab an antique wristwatch believed to have belonged to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The watch in question was put up for sale in a controversial auction in the United States and eventually sold for $ 1.1 million, or over a million euros.

The object is a Huber watch that has a swastika engraved on it and the letters AH, the initials of the German leader during the Second World War.

Jewish associations have condemned the choice to auction such an heirloom but Alexander Historical Auctions, in the state of Maryland, do not seem to have worried that much.

After all, the auction house has already sold Nazi memorabilia in the past and explained that its purpose was to preserve history.

According to the auction catalog, the watch may have been given a birthday present to the Nazi leader in 1933, the year he became Chancellor of Germany, which he then drove until his fall in 1945 and organizing over the years of his regime the systematic murder of 11 million people, six million of whom were killed for being Jews.

Documents provided by the auction house claim that there is no evidence that Hitler actually wore the watch. But an evaluation by an independent specialist concluded that it “in all likelihood” belonged to him.

An auction house appraisal says the watch was taken as a souvenir when some thirty French soldiers stormed the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat in May 1945. The watch is therefore thought to have been resold and handed down for several generations to this day.

Among the items in the auction there is also a dress that belonged to Hitler’s partner, Eva Braun, autographed photos of Nazi officials and a yellow star of David with the word “Jude” imprinted, the symbol that Jews were forced to wear. all the territories controlled by the Nazis.