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Last updated: 26 january, 2010 - 18:03 GMT

Hitler's fish knife: the trade in Nazi memorabilia

An anti-Semitic book published in the 1930s

This anti-Semitic book, written by a German teenager in the 1930s, was recently put up for auction in England

Sixty-five years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi's biggest concentration camp, at Auschwitz in Poland, where more than a million people, most of them Jews, were killed.

Hitler's fish knife

A close up of the engraving on one of Hitler's fish knives

This knife comes from a set of cutlery found at Hitler's home. It was taken by an American soldier at the end of the war.

It was sold at an auction on 19 January in Ludlow in England for $1800

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Auschwitz, now a memorial and museum, was back in the headlines last month when the iconic sign hanging above its entrance saying Arbeit Macht Frei, or freedom through work, was stolen.

It has since been recovered and several people have been charged over the theft.

It is not known why the sign was taken, but the suspicion is that the theft was commissioned by a collector, or someone who wanted to sell it to a collector of Nazi-era memorabilia.

The BBC's Claire Bolderson has been looking into the trade.

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First broadcast 27 January 2010

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