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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:49 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong - but I thought it was illegal to sell Nazi Memorabilia
Edited on Wed Jul-18-07 02:07 PM by LynneSin
I was checking out this antique store at lunchtime and they had a selection of Nazi memorabilia - mainly some helmets, a few hats and a few medals.

I thought it was illegal to sell that stuff
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:50 PM
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1. Nope -- many places refuse to sell it, but I don't think it's illegal to see it
Edited on Wed Jul-18-07 01:52 PM by LostinVA
Or to sell it.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:52 PM
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2. Not illegal just wrong
I never buy from a store or individual that sells that shit! It is a wallyworld type of pledge.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:52 PM
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3. Contemptible but not illegal
here in the US. It is illegal to sell or trade or show that stuff in Germany and France. And definitely illegal on Ebay.

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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:53 PM
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4. maybe in germany
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:54 PM
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5. Not in the United States it's not.
First Amendment, and all that jazz.
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:55 PM
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6. in some countries yes, but not here in the U.S.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 01:58 PM
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7. Not illegal
Some day that stuff will be in a museum. I think it's historically important, even though it's disgusting.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:02 PM
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8. No, it's legal. And as an antique medal collector and militaria entheusiast
Edited on Wed Jul-18-07 02:10 PM by rockymountaindem
I can tell you that some people are really, *really* into collecting Nazi stuff. Way too interested, if you get my drift.

I believe it is illegal in some European countries, such as France and Russia, however.


On edit:
In response to some of the other posters in this thread, I should say that I don't judge people who buy those things in general. Some people like to have a bit of everything. I don't have Nazi materials because I'm not willing to have them in my house, but if people want it as part of a legitimate collection of various militaria, I wouldn't object. What does bother me are some of the people I see who go far beyond that. I can envision some of them going home and sitting in the dim light stroking their SS dagger and admiring their pocket watch with a B&W portrait of Hitler on it. While I assume most collectors are just legit history buffs like me, I do get bad vibes from a significant minority of those who stock up on swastika gear.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:08 PM
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9. I have a feeling a bunch of freepers are going to be scouring Delaware antique stores
to find Nazi products
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:10 PM
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10. How many antique stores can there be in Delaware? Two?
I mean you couldn't fit much more than that in there.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:17 PM
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14. We probably have more antique stores than you have brain cells
Hell I pass 5 on the way to work each day
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:52 PM
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16. Three?
Remember the crowd you're dealing with...
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:12 PM
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11. It's not hard to find
if you know where to look. I'd personally never buy any, but I know two places where I could get some by the end of the afternoon, just because I know the places in my town that sell military antiques. If you want I could pick you up some old WWI helmets and bayonets :)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:17 PM
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13. But this wasn't a military antique store
This was a bunch of knickknacks and furniture
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:23 PM
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15. You can find military stuff anywhere, but it's hit or miss
Some places sell just that, and they're your best guess. If some of that stuff came into my hands, I'd sell it and donate the money to charity. But for somebody else who isn't as anti-Nazi as I am, I wouldn't blame them for selling it in whatever regular antique store they have. You can get a lot of money for some of it. When I was in Europe, I spotted an SS dagger for about 150 bucks. It turned out not to be real, but I talked to a dealer about it and he said it could have fetched between 250 and 3K dollars in the US depending on the model and it's condition. He showed me one worth over 1,200 dollars because it bore Heinrich Himmler's personal signature on the reverse side of the blade (the obverse side always bears the motto "Meine Here Heist Treue"). *That's* something to have, I'll grant you that.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 02:12 PM
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12. Neither illegal nor immoral.
They are historic artifacts of interest to people. Frankly, I am glad that Nazis have become a kind of benchmark of evil. We know the closer we get to that, the more wrong we are. Many people are fascinated by the Nazis because they are so alien to our way of thinking (at least before Dubya started WW III). Yes I know there are Nazi admirers, but their twisted views do not make the artifacts evil.
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