A NAZI flag has been pulled from sale at a top tourist attraction in Bendigo after a shocked Jewish visitor filmed it being unfurled by a saleswoman and then contacted the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC).
“There are around 40 independent stallholders in the Antiques & Collectables Centre at Bendigo Pottery who stock their own sites,” venue owner Sally Thomson explained to The AJN on Tuesday, adding, “We were not aware of the presence of this flag in our centre until advised of the news report on Sunday evening. We immediately removed the item before opening Monday.”
ADC chair Dvir Abramovich told The AJN, “This grisly trade must be stopped. This flag is an emblem of evil, representing a brutal regime responsible for the deaths of thousands of Australian soldiers, six million Jews and millions of others. This is not who we are as a people, and such sales desecrate not only the memory of the victims but tear to shreds our shared values.”
Thomson concurred. “We agree with Dvir Abramovich’s response and are sorry that the inadvertent inclusion of this item has caused offence,” she said.
“Its presence certainly does not reflect our views and values. We are contacting all stallholders to prevent this happening again.”