An ‘ordinance’ shop owner that promotes the sale of Nazi collectables is refusing to halt the sale of what Jewish leaders have described ‘tools of the devil’.
Robinson Ordinance has sold a collection of authentic Nazi items for the past three years from its Morpeth shop – north west of Newcastle in New South Wales.
Authentic knives used by Nazi soldiers are among a king’s ransom of collectables on sale at the shop.
Robinson Ordinance has been condemned by Jewish leaders for selling Nazi memorabilia
A Nazi dagger on sale at the shop for $2300
Nazi flags and badges are among items on sale at Robinson Ordinance
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich, who has been spearheading a nation-wide campaign to ban the sale of Nazi memorabilia, condemned the sale of the items.
‘Enough is enough. This is not Nazi Germany, and it is perverse for hate and death to have a price tag,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
‘The showcase of these tools of the devil, the proceeds of crime, would make all Hitler worshippers smile.’
Under Australian laws it is not illegal to sell Nazi collectables.
Shop owner Matt Robinson, who was banned from Facebook for 30 days last year after posting sales images of Swastika flags, claimed neo-Nazis were not buying the items.
‘I don’t want to offend anybody … I don’t sell this stuff to spread hate. Neo-Nazis don’t buy it – they can’t afford it,’ he said.
‘Most of my collectors are in their 60s, 70s and 80s and typically served with German soldiers – not Nazis – and a lot of them are collectors.’
Mr Robinson said while he understood the sale of the items could be upsetting to some, he would continue to sell them.
‘It is history. I also sell Japanese WW2 items which are extremely popular as well. As Australians, technically we probably should be more offended by that than anything with a Swastika on it,’ he said.
Mr Robinson claimed the sale of the items had nothing to do with glorifying the Nazi holocaust, which claimed the lives of some six million Jews between 1941 and 1945.
‘I don’t sell it to glorify it. I don’t believe in it or anything to do with Nazism. The whole thing just appals me, but in terms of militaria it’s extremely desired, collectable and it’s just the nature of (the business),’ he said.
Mr Robinson claimed his shop was among three others in the direct vicinity selling Nazi items.
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich has called for a ban on the sale of Nazi collectables
German helmets and portraits of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler are all up for grabs at the shop
A copy of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ retails for $350
Nazi Memorabilia On Sale For $10,000
Robinson Ordinance shop owner Matt Robinson says collectors can pay up to $10,000 for Nazi collectables.
‘The rarity on some of the blades can be up to $10,000,’ he said.
Such a blade was once used by the Nazi ‘technical department’.
‘That’s a $10,000 blade if you can find it. If you’re lucky enough to even get one,’ Mr Robinson said.
A nickel silver ‘Blood and Silver’ pole top currently on sale at Robinson Ordinance is going for $3000.
Up to four dealers utilise the shop’s display cabinet to sell the Nazi items.
‘So those items aren’t just mine,’ Mr Robinson said.
Dr Abramovich claimed businesses such as Mr Robinson’s was ‘playing right into the hands of neo-Nazis’.
‘We can and should do better. Even the pursuit of profits must have its limits, and this outrageously obscene phenomenon is wrong on so many counts and tears to shreds our shared values,’ he said.
‘Offering these grisly materials for sale desecrates the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who were murdered, as well as degrading the glorious legacy of the valiant diggers who died to defeat Hitler’s machinery of extermination.’
Dr Abramovich claimed the sale of such items had a direct connection with the atrocity in Christchurch which saw Brenton Tarrant murder 51 people after storming the Al Noor Mosque in 2019.
‘White-supremacists are fuelled and driven to acts of violence by this type of memorabilia,’ he said.
‘To allow “Final Solutionists” and bigots, whose ideology mirrors those of an evil regime, to buy such items is morally wrong and crosses all red lines.
‘The time for talking is over. Now is the time to act. This grisly trade has to stop, and we once again urge all state governments to immediately stamp out the hawking of such paraphernalia by banning it.’
Facebook banned RObinson Ordinance for 30 days after discovering Nazi images on the shop’s site
Matt Robinson claims German war items are highly prized by collectors due to the quality in their craftsmanship
Mr Robinson said he was prepared to have a discussion with Dr Abramovich if he was willing to listen to his explanation.
‘What he’s suggesting is so far away from where I sit … I don’t sell it to people who are hateful,’ he said.
‘It’s ridiculous, most of them are military collectors and they understand what it is. I’ve never sold it to anyone that has remotely represented or acted in a way that would suggest that he was going to go out on the street, or use this for any kind of hate.’