AN auction house has come under fire for selling Nazi propaganda in one of the most prominent Jewish areas in England.

Southgate Auction Rooms, in High Street, auctioned two Nazi election posters emblazoned with swastikas, proclaiming the slogan “Only Hitler” last week.

The Community Security Trust, which protects British Jewish people from anti-Semitism, condemned the sale of the items.

It said: “It’s quite pathetic and immoral that an auction room would sell Nazi propaganda in order to make a little bit of money.”

Nazi memorabilia sales are illegal in France, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

In England, large auction houses such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonham’s refuses to sell such material, as does website eBay.

Robert Dulin, the chairman of the Southgate Progressive Synagogue, told the Enfield Independent: “I think it’s despicable not only that people auction it, but that people buy these things.

“I’d understand if it was in a museum as they are historical artefacts – but for someone to want something associated with such a regime is unthinkable.

“I’m not saying that everybody who buys these items are anti-Semitic, some are collectors. But there are right wing organisations who have things plastered everywhere. It’s got a weird resonance to it.”

Nazi memorabilia is associated with Adolf’s Hitler reign during the Second World War, where he sent millions of Jewish people to their death in concentration camps.

In Southgate, 4.20 per cent of people are Jewish and it has had a prominent community since the early 20th century.

Mr Dulin added: “The war ended 70 years ago and the soldiers bought things back themselves, but that’s different.

“The fact that there are people who actually keep these things in their houses is just beyond the pale.”

Natalie Kaye, who is Jewish and works as a customer service administrator Southgate, said: “It’s deplorable that Nazi memorabilia is for sale in the UK.

“It raises concerns over who is buying these items. The atrocities of the Holocaust happened in living memory and it is shocking to think someone is making profit out of the murder of millions.”

The Enfield Independent approached Southgate Auction rooms for comment on its choice to auction the propaganda.

Director Jim Noland refused to disclose whether it had been sold, but said: “A lot of Jewish people actually buy Nazi memorabilia.”