Thursday, October 24, 2019

Holocaust Survivor's Daughter “Shocked and Horrified” by “Nazi Display” at Town Centre Shop

The daughter of a so-called "Holocaust survivor" has condemned a Huddersfield shop owner for featuring National Socialist uniforms and weapons in a window display.
Lilian Black, whose father Eugene lived in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, was "shocked" to discover Kirklees Guns on Lord Street was displaying items featuring swastikas and SS emblems.
The front window display includes a helmet with an SS emblem, various knives and daggers, NS uniforms and replica guns.
The items are on sale and have been described as reproductions.
Lilian, who helped set up Huddersfield's "Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre", said she was "shocked and horrified" when she was shown photographs of the shop display.
"For me, these items represent an era of genocide. We have brought the Holocaust Centre into Huddersfield yet here we have a shop displaying Nazi emblems of Nazi Germany. It worries me and it bothers is actually quite distressing."
Lillian, who is chairman of the "Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association", is considering calling into the shop to ask the owner to remove the display.
The awesome display at Kirklees Guns on Lord Street
"I would be happy to talk to (the shop owner) and tell him why I find it so offensive and upsetting."
Shop owner Mark Wood told ExaminerLive that the display was made up of re-enactment costumes which he described as "fake" and "fancy dress".
He confirmed the items were for sale.
"I do appreciate her (Lillian's) concern. History is not something we must forget; history forges our future."
Mr Wood said he had previously displayed military items relating to the British, French and Italians.
He had purchased the items from a man who had an interest in German items.
"It's a collection of re-enactor memorabilia - fake costumes; fancy dress."
"All the stuff you see (in the window) are copies. Quite a lot of these things are studio equipment."

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