Vendors at the Golden Nugget flea market were confronted Sunday for a second day by the son of a Holocaust survivor about continuing to openly display Nazi-themed items on the main outdoor concourse of the West Amwell outdoor antique market.
On Saturday, one vendor at the Golden Nugget was asked to remove his outdoor Nazi display, including a poster of Hitler, a Nazi uniform and armband, but refused.
Another vendor was questioned on Sunday by the Holocaust survivor about his offering for sale a crudely painted skull bearing a German WWII helmet and bright red Nazi insignia, and in reaction purportedly threatened the customer with physical harm. Other customers have confronted vendors at the Golden Nugget in the past, but the practice goes on unabated.
Sales of Nazi-themed articles are legal in the United States to military collectors, but many are Chinese-made imitations, such as the commonly found “Hitler Youth knife” sold widely across the country. Since Nazi items unfortunately sell well these days, cash-strapped flea market vendors appear to have been pushing the limits on visibility, including one who recently draped a Nazi flag across his vehicle.
A spokesperson for Golden Nugget said he was not aware of Nazi-themed items being sold there, and that new management is in place, and “things will be different.”
“We have a large area to cover…we’re not going to tolerate it — we will ask them to leave,” said the spokesperson. “But people have to report it to us when they see it.”
Meanwhile, the Holocaust survivor’s son asked not to be named, as he considers his legal options. He says he tried to complain to management two years ago when he first began seeing Nazi-themed items openly displayed, and was thrown off the premises. This reporter called the management office at the Golden Nugget two years ago, was laughed at, and then disconnected.
“This stuff is sold all the time. There’s no place for it, and the racist items. There’s no room for this kind of hate anymore,” said one long-time seller at the Golden Nugget.