A box of vintage Christmas baubles bearing the swastika symbol of the Nazis has sparked outrage after it appeared on one online marketplace.
The four Christmas tree decorations, described by the seller as ‘fancy’, bear the swastika – originally a Hindu and Buddhist symbol of luck but now infamous for its association with Nazi Germany.
The baubles, which appeared on Czech website Aukro, are being offered for £59 and are described as ‘original decorations used by SS units over 70 years ago’.
‘I offer Christmas decorations of SS units,’ wrote the seller.
‘The decorations are authentic and not damaged.
‘They are made of blown glass and they are in original colours and good condition.
‘These are very precious pieces.’
However, the listing has sparked outrage with one commentator saying she felt ‘sick’ to see the logo of the Nazis, who annexed the Czech Republic in 1938.
‘My granddad would cry if he saw this,’ wrote Jana Bodinkova.
Another user, Vaclav Ceska, from Prague, wrote: ‘This is absolutely disgraceful. My grandparents fought in the resistance against the Nazis and remember the atrocities committed by the SS.’
However the owner of the baubles defended his right to sell them, saying he doesn’t ‘support movements like the SS either’.
‘I declare that I am not a member of any movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms or the movement which support national, racial or class hatred to other group of people,’ he wrote.