“Very rare Heinrich Himmler presentation SS honor dagger,” said the entry posted on the website of the Portland auction house O’Gallerie.
A day later, after Jewish supremacist groups complained, it became even rarer.
The auction house president, Thomas O’Grady, removed the ceremonial dagger purportedly owned by the leader of the SS, The Oregonian reported. He also removed other National Socialist memorabilia and told the newspaper he would not auction NS items again, although he had in the past without controversy.
“We don’t believe that a business or an individual should be able to profit from something like this — it’s shameful,” Bob Horenstein, the director of community relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, told the newspaper, when it first reported the listing.
The next day, Horenstein said he was “pleasantly surprised.”
Judy Margles, executive director of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, had tried to reach the auction house.
“I’m massively relieved that O’Gallerie listened carefully to the discussion around this issue and made the appropriate decision,” she said.