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Derby County Nazi salute photo to be auctioned

BBC | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Click here for original article


Derby County travelled to Germany in 1934 to take part in four football matches
Derby County travelled to Germany in 1934 to take part in four football matches

A photograph of a Derby County football team giving the Nazi salute is to be auctioned.

The picture is part of an album of the club's 1934 tour of Germany.

An order from Hitler's officials to give the salute had been backed by British diplomats and only goalkeeper Jack Kirby refused.

Auctioneers Bamfords, of Derby, said only two of the albums had come up for sale in the past 10 years and estimated it could fetch up to £500.

Auctioneer Steven Iredale said: "It is an extraordinary record of a historic time and of that moment in particular.

"It is just such a compelling image but it would be wrong to judge the players by what we know now - they were probably very uncertain of what was going on and were worried about being impolite."

Derby County played four matches in four cities against German XI teams, losing three and drawing one.

The album will be auctioned on Friday afternoon.

In May 1938 an England football team, which included the legendary Stanley Matthews, notoriously gave the Nazi salute to a packed Olympic Stadium in Berlin.


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