‘Extremely disrespectful’ For selling Nazi memorabilia, a Bargain Hunt expert was chastised.
Tim Weeks, a bargain hunter, has come under fire for selling Nazi artifacts at his auction business, including a Third Reich flag and a Swastika.
Tim Weeks of BBC’s Bargain Hunt was pressed to explain why Nazi artifacts were recently sold at his auction shop. Weeks, who now broadcasts his own BBC Wiltshire radio show, was selling a £2,000 Third Reich banner and a £300 swastika. The transaction was regarded as “distressing, upsetting, and highly disrespectful” by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
The artifacts were scheduled to be auctioned off this Friday at his Wessex Auction Chambers. However, due to a response from concerned parties, the sales will no longer go place.
According to the Daily Mail, the products’ prohibition comes as a result of a spike in far-right extremism in the United Kingdom and the current situation in Afghanistan.
After being approached by the publication, Weeks, who has been a regular on Bargain Hunt since 2016, pulled the Nazi artifacts from the sale.
“Upon finding that a number of Third Reich objects are offered for auction, I have called the head of our militaria department to immediately withdraw them from sale,” Weeks said of the incident.
“We never intend to offend anyone, and we apologize if we have done so unintentionally.”
The sale has been regarded as “distressing, upsetting, and highly disrespectful” by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
It is unlawful to sell Nazi memorabilia in some parts of Europe, notably Germany and Austria, however it is not banned in England.
The perils of marketing such products were discussed by Sam Armstrong, a representative for the Henry Jackson Society, a counter-terrorism think tank.
“We know that far-Right extremists who want to assault this country and its people are a prime market for these ugly symbols,” he continued.
Benjamin Hannam, a former police officer, was sentenced to four years in prison in April for belonging to the outlawed party National Action.
National Action is a far-right neo-Nazi terrorist group headquartered in the United Kingdom. It was created in 2013 as a hidden group that forbade members from speaking about it.
The BBC did not respond to a request for comment.
Weeks joined the show in 2016 and talked about why he selected an antiques industry and what he likes to trade.
“Everything about being an auctioneer excites me – from appraisal and research to cataloguing and auctioneering,” he said.
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