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At an auction in Maryland, the former wristwatch.....

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of Adolf Hitler brought nearly $1.1 million....

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On the watch, a swastika and the letters AH may be seen....

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The auction house claims that a French soldier who was a member of the first squad to confront......

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 Hitler in his Berchtesgaden hideout in May 1945 took it as war loot......

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The auction house, which has previously advertised Nazi artifacts for sale.....

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Jewish leaders protested the sale before it took place....

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at Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland The clock is reported to have been passed....

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 down through several generations before being sold once again.