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Is It Wrong To Own Nazi Paraphernalia?

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#1 psymon*



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Posted May 04 2017 - 05:32 PM

I'm referring to authentic Nazi memorabilia only. Not new products made post WWII.

My neighbor up my street had a collection of historic memorabilia, and he did have a few authentic Nazi products. He was a WWII vet as well. It seems that these days owning anything with a confederate flag or a swastika will get someone in trouble.

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Posted May 04 2017 - 05:37 PM

Depends who you ask. I don't have a problem with it. But in this day and age people will cry about anything. 

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Posted May 04 2017 - 06:32 PM

Hell no! I have all my grandparents gear from uniforms to iron crosses to the rifles they used. :) I've got a stick grenade, dials from shot down British war planes they collected. Panzercorps medals, totenkopf insignia, SS insignias, battle flags, battle jacks, shell casings, NDSAP document cards, party joining cards. You name it, down to the letter they wrote home.

The Nazis were without a doubt the best dressed and best looking unit of any modern war and without doubt, original authentic militaristia sells for a fortune.

My grandfathers first class iron cross, in the original presentation case and documents I could sell for a small fortune. And that's only one medal of theirs. ;)

Edited by Irminsul, May 04 2017 - 06:34 PM.

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Posted May 04 2017 - 06:36 PM

Nazi sympathizers usually don't have a problem with it. The issue that people have with this sort of thing is not with the Nazi paraphernalia itself, but with the suspect and unclear intentions/mentality of the owner.

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Posted May 04 2017 - 07:12 PM

My father brought back some Nazi daggers and bayonets from the war, and after he died my mother sold them to a war souvenier store. Nothing wrong with it, in fact I always thought they were pretty cool. That doesn't mean it's okay to fly the Nazi German flag outside your house, and I also don't approve of flying the Confederate flag.



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Posted May 04 2017 - 07:30 PM

Unclear intentions? :D

The intention is somebody bought it because they wanted it. Anything further is just petty scrutinization by someone who wants to have an argument about it.

Two collectors having a discussion:

Hey where did you find this? Is that a genuine second class iron cross? I see the swastika hasn't been ground down, great find well done"
"Yes I bought this at an auction in Louisiana, I did the magnet test to prove its authenticity, im really please with it"

Some uneducated dickwank:

"Hey errrmerrrgod is that a swastika errrmagod are you like a Nazi or something errmerrrgod you're a terrible person errrr errrr *more shit dribble*"

Edited by Irminsul, May 04 2017 - 08:18 PM.

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Posted May 05 2017 - 02:42 AM

My son in law collects military stuff, including Nazi memorabilia. Latest addition, a de-commissioned Mauser rifle to add to the uniforms, medals and other bits and pieces.


He also has a large collection of books about Hitler and his cohorts. When I first met him years ago, I was a bit worried that my daughter was getting involved with a Nazi sympathizer, but really he's not. He just finds it all fascinating.

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Posted May 05 2017 - 03:27 AM

As Ygg pointed out, it has less to do with the stuff itself than the reason that someone has it.

I had an aquaintance who was a Neo Nazi and genuinelly believed that Jewish folks and minorities should be exterminated--he used some authentic and more
modern Nazi paraphenalia to decorate his belongings and make his beliefs known. Questionable usage of these items.

But again I know some WW2 vets who have similar items from WW2 and keep them for reasons similar to what Irm was describing. No problems there. A lot of museums would be considered immoral by this logic (owning nazi paraphrnalia = bad).

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Posted May 05 2017 - 03:42 AM

I Guess When It All Boils Down To It........It's Just History.......BUT...... I Wouldn't Want Any


Of That Crap In My House Thank You......That's Why We Have Museums...... :)




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Posted May 05 2017 - 11:56 AM

My soon to be ex partner has some authentic WWII items.
Once I moved in, they got a case with a lid, so I didn't have to see them.
They were his dad's.
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