WWII loo: Nazi toilet paper roll to be auctioned in Dublin

Is purchasing toilet paper issued to Hitler's troops just money down the drain?

September 7, 2016 13:34
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Toilet paper

Toilet paper . (photo credit: INGIMAGE)


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While many may argue that purchasing Nazi toilet paper is money down the drain, an auction house in Dublin is placing such an unopened World War II-era roll under the hammer.

Ireland's Whyte's auctioneers are due to start bidding later in September on the roll of Edelweiss brand Klosettpapier (toiletpaper) "in remarkable unused condition" that has been valued at €80 to €120.

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The vintage item issued to Hitler's forces over 70 years ago was considered to be a "wartime luxury."

The single roll is part of a larger lot of Nazi memorabilia that will be auctioned off on September 17.

German Third Reich, Wehrmacht-issue toilet paper. Credit: Whyte's Irish Art & Collectibles Auctioneers

Whyte's head of collectibles, Stuart Purcell, told the BBC that the intact item from a private Irish collector was one of the most bizarre artifacts that he has encountered. 

"The private collector's raison d'etre in the early days was to try and collect the kit of the average World War Two soldier - everything from what he used for cleaning his gun to his butter dish," he told the BBC.

"It is fascinating that someone in 1945 would say: 'We will put that toilet paper aside because someone will find that interesting in the future,'" the auction house official said. "You would have thought it would have been used during the war."

According to the British Daily Mail, the toilet paper brand appears to have been named after the Edelweiss flower found in the Alps and is associated with countries in the region as well as a German army marching hymn during WWII.


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