#Israel – European Jewish chief ‘bowled over’ by generosity of Lebanese businessman

| November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent

“In a cynical world, such a noble act of kindness, generosity and solidarity has bowled us over,� said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, who will invite Abdallah Chatila (pictured) as a guest on a major Auschwitz trip.

Following the controversial auction of Nazi memorabilia by Hermann Historica in Munich last week that was raised by the European Jewish Association and let to massive uproar and media attention, it has emerged prominent Lebanese businessman Chatila picked up on it and has bought over €600,000 of the memorabilia with the sole purpose of giving it to the Jewish community.

Besides the top hat belonging to Hitler and a rare edition of Mein Kampf, he also bought the personal Fuhrer’s cigar box, a silver frame offered to SS commander Ulrich Graf, several handwritten letters to his childhood friend August Kubizek, a box to silver music, Edda Göring’s baptismal gift in 1938, or the typewriter Traudl Junge, Hitler’s assistant, used to capture the Nazi leader’s texts. “I first wanted to buy these objects to destroy them,â€� he told a French newspaper, before deciding instead to give them away to the main fundraising organization of the Jewish community to do with them as they see fit.

In a statement, Rabbi Margolin said: “We believe that the trade in such items is morally unjustifiable and it seemed, given the uproar and outrage that led up and following the auction and acres of media coverage, that we were not alone.

“We were not prepared however, in this cynical world in which we live, to expect an act of such kindness, such generosity and such solidarity as demonstrated by Mr Chatila. It is clear he understood our aggravation and hurt at the sale, and decided to do something about it in a way that nobody foresaw. We greatly appreciate his understanding that such items have no place on the market, and should ultimately be destroyed. But that he chose to give the items to Jews shows a remarkable conscience and understanding.

“We thank Mr Chatila on behalf of our Association, our members and the hundreds of communities that we represent. Additionally we are inviting him to attend an upcoming delegation to Auschwitz that we are organising for 100 MPs from across the continent to see and learn first-hand where the Nazi ideology leads. Mr Chatila’s inspiring act is a story that deserves to be told at the highest levels, and we invite him, as our guest, to do so there where we will present him with an award for his act.

“The example set by Mr Chatila is one that deserves as much attention as possible, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for showing the world that an act of righteousness such as this has the power to literally and metaphorically burn the dark Nazi past away.� Ends

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