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EBay Apologizes for Listing of Holocaust-Related Items on Site

Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- EBay Inc. removed yellow Star of David armbands and other Holocaust-related items offered for sale on its website and issued an apology for what it called a lapse in its standards.

San Jose, California-based EBay said it also made a donation to charity “to reflect our concern,” according to an e-mailed statement today. Company spokesman Steven Heywood said by e-mail that 25,000 pounds ($40,000) were given to an “appropriate charity.”

“We very much regret that we didn’t live up to our own standards,” the company said. “We don’t allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn’t be for sale.”

U.K. newspaper Mail on Sunday reported today that about 30 items were on sale, including a concentration camp uniform offered for 11,200 pounds that was thought to have belonged to a Polish baker who died at the Auschwitz death camp. Other offerings were a pair of shoes belonging to a death camp victim and yellow Star of David armbands used to single out Jews for persecution, the newspaper said. Link to website: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2485251/Ebays-sick-trade-Holocaust-souvenirs-Outrage-auctions-Death-Camp-relics.html)

To contact the reporter on this story: Agnes Lovasz in London at alovasz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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