Photographs taken of young gipsy children during the shooting of a controversial film by German director Leni Riefenstahl have been withdrawn from sale.
The 33 photos from Tiefland ("Lowlands") had been due to go under the hammer at a historical documents sale in Ludlow, Shropshire, today.
But documents specialist Richard Westwood-Brookes, from auctioneers Mullock Madeley, said the lots were taken out of the sale after discussions with travellers groups.
"We have been approached by an organisation representing the worldwide interests of the travelling community," he explained.
"They wanted more time to be able to buy the archive to make sure it didn't get into the wrong hands and for everybody to see what the Nazis were."
The gipsy children were alleged to have been taken from Nazi internment camps and forced to take part in the film, which was begun in the 1930s but premiered in 1954.
The children were then said to have been sent to Auschwitz where they died in the gas chambers.