A gold wristwatch believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler has been sold at an auction in Maryland for more than $1 million, German television channel N-TV reports. At the same time, the organizers of the auction expected that they would receive a much higher amount for this lot: according to their assumptions, the price for Hitler's watch was to be $2-4 million.
According to the auction house, they were found on May 4, 1945 - four days after Hitler's suicide in Berlin - by a French soldier at Hitler's former Alpine residence in Berchtesgaden.
Before the auction starts provoked sharp criticism from the Jewish community. The European Jewish Association on the eve of the event demanded its cancellation, arguing that the sale of such items "disgusting" and not conducive to learning from the horrors of the Nazi era. More than 30 Jewish representatives from Europe and Israel signed a letter calling for no auction. The auction ignored all this and held the auction.
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