Discussion: The right approach to Nazi memorabilia
Trading and owning Nazi objects is legal almost everywhere in the world, but a scheduled auction in Paris has stirred up controversy and has brought back the discussion how to best deal with Nazi memorabilia.
German U-Boat Commander`s binoculars sell for six times estimate at Stansted saleroom
A pair of German U-Boat Commander`s binoculars were an unexpected hit at a Stansted saleroom. They were used by the Kreigsmarine Nazi Navy in World War II, and sold for six times their expected price at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge Road. The binoculars, part of a private collection, were inscribed with `Kommandant Glas` and were expected to reach £500, but they finally sold for £3,000.
A Luftwaffe Paratroopers Badge fetched $1,300 at German WWII militaria auction
Hundreds of people squeezed into the basement of Canadian Martyr's Hall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, for an auction that featured German WWII war regalia. Serious bidders put hundreds of dollars on the line for war memorabilia featuring the Nazi swastika and SS skull insignia. Bidding closed in on $1,300 for a Luftwaffe pilot`s badge. Winning bidder Barry Turk plans to resell the badge through his online military auction store, eMedals Militaria and Historica. "When these things are authentic, they have real value for collectors,` explained Turk, who picked up close to a dozen military medals and associated memorabilia.
Booming trade in Hitler and Nazi memorabilia
In France, Germany, Austria or Hungary, it would have been illegal. But in a converted church in Bristol, there was laughter and applause as the star lot in a sale of Nazi memorabilia sold for more than 40 times its estimate. The prize item was a silver tray presented to Hitler for his 50th birthday by Albert Speer. "The trade is booming. There's always interest in the big names: it used to be Wellington and Napoleon; now it's Hitler, Goering and Himmler. The trade always gets good money for quality things, and the design and quality of the German stuff is particularly good," explains Malcolm Claridge, an expert on militaria for auctioneers Dreweatts.
Trade in Nazi memorabilia and militaria is booming in the United States: The People Want Souvenirs
The trade in Nazi relics is booming in the U.S., driven by collectors who want to own a piece of world history's most notorious era. Alexander Autographs, the auction house in Stamford, a suburb of New York City, is one of the market leaders. Nestled in among supermarkets in an office building behind a courtyard, it looks as if the Third Reich has risen again here, in the form of SS cups, plates bearing Hitler's portrait and hundreds of historical documents. "People want souvenirs," says Bill Panagopulos.
Photos of Himmler in his SS uniform and his communion certificate among Nazi memorabilia expected to fetch £40,000 at auction
A rare printed communion certificate - showing that SS leader Heinrich Himmler was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1911 - will be auctioned off. It will be sold alongside a number of other fascinating Nazi memorabilia which belonged to an American woman whose father, Lieutenant Richard J Wills, was tasked with remodelling Himmler's home in the Alps into a senior officers' club after the Second World War. One of the rarest items at Mullock's auction house in Shropshire is a postcard from Hitler wishing Himmler's mother a happy 75th birthday. Another lots in the auction show photographic and oil portraits of Himmler in his SS uniform.
Counterfeit bank notes, from the £134million cache Hitler hoped would ruin the British economy, to be auctioned off
A rare set of fake bank notes the Nazis printed in a bid to ruin the British economy are expected to fetch £2,000 at auction. Hitler hoped the £134million of counterfeit notes produced in Operation Bernhard would force a huge hike in inflation and spark a cash crisis if introduced to wartime Britain. Four bank notes (£5, £10, £20 and £50) recovered from Lake Toplitz in Austria - where project's resource were dumped at the end of the war - will go under the hammer at Mullock's auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire on August 18.
Ceremonial baton of Luftwaffe Field Marshal Albert Kesselring fetches $731,600 at auction
Luftwaffe Field Marshal Albert Kesselring's 19-inch ceremonial baton - listed with an estimated value of $10,000 in an auction in Towson - ended up fetching $731,600, far more than Alex Cooper auctioneers had anticipated. Kesselring - one of 27 persons granted the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds - was one of best defensive strategists in WWII.
British veteran returns Nazi militaria (flags, caps, badges, medals like a 1st Class Iron Cross) to the town he looted them from
Germans from a town which had Nazi militaria looted from it by a British soldier at the end of WWII were amazed after he returned them, 65 years later. Harry Billinge travelled to the town of Goch to return the German WWII militaria he had ransacked there in 1945. The sapper with the Royal Engineers was part of the British push that invaded the German Rhineland. After fierce fighting, the town was captured by the Allies and Harry collected a large Swastika banner, un-issued medals like a 1st Class Iron Cross, badges and officers' caps. "We all took souvenirs at most of the fights," Harry explained.
Collection of Nazi Militaria and Collectables sold at Horners Auctioneers, Acle (Article no longer available from the original source)
For 10 years Peter Green collected Nazi and German WWII memorabilia in his Broadland bungalow - filling every shelf of his home with machine-guns, Nazi daggers, an Afrika Korps helmet, an Iron Cross, a Luger semi-automatic pistol, SS paraphernalia, Hitler Youth knives and even a rocket launcher. And now the vast array of weapons, SS helmets and uniforms - in total 250 German armed forces and Hitler-themed items - will be auctioned off. Green started his obsession with collecting the Third Reich memorabilia after he became fascinated with the high quality of German engineering and workman-ship.
German WWII militaria drew collectors and dealers to a Collinsville auction (Article no longer available from the original source)
A large collection of German WW2 militaria drew collectors from all over the country to a Collinsville auction. "In 20 years... I've never seen anything like this," said Bill Scaturo - of the Auction House Co - who sold the Locandro estate that had over 100 items from the Third Reich, including uniform patches, guns, knives, a German railroad stamp ($125), a Reichsbahn armband ($150), an SS patch ($400), a red flag with a Hitler Youth symbol... all collected by Joseph Locandro. "Ever since Band of Brothers, there has been a boom in German military items. Prices have soared," said Ron Weinand, of Weinand Militaria Inc.
Rare boxed set of Nazi stereo cards - showing Wehrmacht's march across Europe - to be auctioned
A rare piece of 3D Nazi propaganda designed to show the Wehrmacht's march across Europe is to be auctioned. The rare boxed set of stereo cards - called Der Kampf in Western - were a basic version of "virtual reality" and allowed viewer feel like they were on the front line. They showed the progress of the German army as it conquered the West. Rich Nazi families, who were able to buy them with special viewing glasses, were the target audience for the goods, created by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The 100 cards show the German army conquering Holland, Belgium and France and are dated 1940.
Unacceptable? Thousands of military history buffs collect Nazi memorabilia
Military analyst Marc Garlasco is not the first one to get bashed for collecting German WW2 militaria. Bryan Ferry was crucified for admiring the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer. In 1999 GQ editor James Brown had to resign after Erwin Rommel and the Nazis were in a list of the century's most stylish men. Garlasco defends his hobby: "Military history buffs collect war paraphernalia because we want to learn from the past." Militaria dealer Malcom Fisher says the collectors are basically just people with an interest in history. There is also a parallel market in reproduction militaria, like history buffs who wear uniforms at re-enactments.
British men in Nazi SS uniform: Rare Waffen SS British Free Corps badge for sale
A rare Nazi badge, similar to the three lions on the English football shirt, is to be auctioned. The badge belonged on the nazi uniform of soldiers in the British SS Freikorps Brigade. The British Nazi unit, still a big WW2 mystery, was formed in January 1944. Members, recruited from a variety of sources, were officially accepted into the Waffen-SS when it was named the British Free Corps. Those in the brigade were given German uniforms bearing the Union Flag shield and the badge bearing the three lions. The German Waffen-SS British Free Corps (later named British SS Freikorps Brigade) was the brainchild of John Amery, son of Conservative Cabinet minister Leo Amery.
Stamps, coins, WW2 militaria: Items from the Nazi era grow in price - even camp uniforms (Article no longer available from the original source)
In coin and collectible shows in France and Germany dealers usually offer a variety of relics from the 1940s. On most a small paper dot covered some portion of the item: the swastika portion. Both countries were so decimated, that neither wishes to relive the Nazi era and has banned Nazi symbols. In the 1960s, the trade in German militaria was prolific in US: Nazi daggers, medals, helmets, etc, changed hands for little money. Today, Nazi militaria is much more valuable. David Kols, of Regency Superior Auctions, agrees: He specialized for years in stamps, but now he offers medals, badges, books and armbands from the Luftwaffe to the SS and even Hitler Youth.
David Irving sells Nazi memorabilia online, including Hitler's hair and bones
David Irving has set up a website selling Nazi militaria which includes a piece of Adolf Hitler's bone and his hair ($180,000). Dubbed 'Naz-eBay' by some, the site also offers a walking stick used by the Nazi dictator and a baptising present given by SS leader Heinrich Himmler to Hermann Goering's daughter. Irving authenticates the Nazi relics and displays them on his website, taking a 15% commission. He is currently checking the bones of Hitler and Eva Braun for an American seller, who claims they were bought from a KGB agent in the 1980s. Dr Shimon Samuels, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, called for a UK ban on the selling of Third Reich memorabilia.
Keokuk Treasure Hunters Roadshow includes Nazi memorabilia like Iron Cross
Keokuk residents brought jewelry, German WWII militaria and other items to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow in hopes of finding a treasure. On average 100-150 people attend the show a day to have their coins, toys, gold and silver jewelry, militaria, swords, knives, daggers and other items appraised by antique and collectible experts. Joe Kraus's 1945 Nazi flag got favorable comments: It could be worth up to $200 because it's in good condition. Kraus's collection also included a shoulder pin, a WWI Iron Cross and two German Third Reich coins from 1941. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow has 6,000 collectors in its database who are contacted when treasures are discovered.
An album of WWII postcards collected by a German naval officer up for auction
There are nearly 150 black and white shots of German ships and naval personnel in the album given at the end of the war by the German officer to a British soldier. Perfectly organized, the album folds out like a concertina to 12 feet in length, allowing half the postcards to be on show at the same time. The cards give a humorous insight into life on board. One shows a line of beautiful women washing the deck, being watched by a band of sailors - captioned: "Getting ship shape, it was too good to be true". Another postcard shows a smiling Hitler on the bridge with two other high ranking Nazi officers.
Rare personal items of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goring auctioned off in Dallas
One of the greatest Nazi Memorabilia collection ever collected is for sale. It includes rare personal items of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring like: a large gold ring worn by Hermann Göring with his family crest; Luftwaffe emblem for the WW2 German Air Force plus the Elk's head and swastika emblem for the National Hunter's Association that Göring founded; a large marble ashtray from his palace with the same Huntsman's and Luftwaffe emblems; fabric from Karinhalle furniture; Adolf Hitler's calling card with autograph; a large tapestry from the Eagle's Nest; a WWII German field telephone made of black Bakelite from Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia...
History buffs show off WW2 militaria, including Nazi officer's dagger
"Cumberland Goes to War" event included a Military Memorabilia Antiques Road Show, which pulled in some interesting items. "My dad's uncle was killed in Germany in 1945. All the Nazi stuff was his that he'd taken off an officer... I'm a history buff," explained Timothy Lease. He said he was amazed to learn that a Nazi officer's dagger he had was valued $2,500 in its current condition, or $4,000-$5,000 if it had the straps attached to it. More difficult item to evaluate was a print of the first trip on the German Autobahn, brought in by Chris Himler, who had heard from other Third Reich collectors that they had no idea the print was even in existence.
German WW2 militaria guarantees best sale in 5 years at J.P.Humbert Auctioneers
A rare collection of Nazi memorabilia, including a death head ring owned by SS leader Heinrich Himmler, has helped an auction house to make its best sale in 5 years. Jonathan Humbert said the 3-day sale raised 90,000 pounds - many seem to think that buying a genuine antique is a safe bet at the moment. The Nazi death head ring sold for 2,200, a selection of Nazi daggers and swords fetched 200-800 pounds, a Nazi pin badge brought in 180, and an original 8ft by 4ft Nazi war ensign from WWII German pocket battleship The Admiral Graf Spee fetched 550. Humbert said that German militaria had flooded in after a sale of the Nazi goods recovered from a council house clearance.
Nazi memorabilia, officer's swastika cap and nazi weapons, fetched 2,600 pounds
Nazi militaria found in a Northamptonshire council house has fetched 2,600 pounds (twice the estimate) at auction in Towcester. The two lots, including an officer's cap with a swastika (1,200 pounds) and Nazi weapons (1,400 pounds), found among an extensive military hoard pulled in phone bidders from United States and Japan but was in the end sold to a UK bidder for a private collection. "The people who buy such items will buy into that blackest period of humanity and that can give people a bit of a thrill to have a real item that was there in the 1930s or 1940s," explained Jonathan Humbert.
Poland is the biggest producer and exporter of Nazi memorabilia (Article no longer available from the original source)
Poland is Europe's biggest producer and exporter of Nazi memorabilia, Polska daily reported. Buying Nazi signs, symbols and militaria is against the law in many countries, but allowed in Poland - as law forbids promoting Nazi ideology, but not selling historic mementos, replicas or reproductions. SS emblems and swastika armbands can be purchased at markets in Polish cities. The online business is also flourishing, with one Polish auction website selling 600 items. A complete SS officer's uniform goes for 1,400 dollars, while iron cross medals cost 7 dollars and are in many cases sold in bulk.
Nazi badges of the 3rd SS division Totenkopf almost double auction estimate
11 Nazi patches from the 3rd SS division Totenkopf, which shot 97 men of the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1940, had been valued at £300 but went for £550 to a private collector from Essex, who had offered up to £2,000 but bidding stopped at £550. The 3rd SS division Totenkopf was made up of concentration camp guards and its "Death's Head" insignia became famous. Auctioneer Clinton Slingsby said: "Buying such items does not mean you sympathise with Nazism; it happened and as part of history, such things are important and of interest." The Nazi insignia was part of a larger collection of military memorabilia that a Lincolnshire man had found in his attic.
A dinner set used by Hitler's bodyguard "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler" for sale
A china dinner set used by Adolf Hitler's bodyguard on transatlantic crossings in the 1930s is expected to get £1,000 at auction. The plates carry the letters LAH, for "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler", Hitler's most trusted bodyguard unit. The guards would travel incognito on the Hamburg-America Line to safeguard ships from hijack, using the dinner set only in their own quarters. It will be sold in Devizes, Wiltshire, on May 17.
Czech sales of Nazi memorabilia and German militaria growing (Article no longer available from the original source)
Czech auction Web sites have thousands of Nazi-related items that have been growing in popularity. For instance, Aukro.cz had 1,335 items in its "Germany 1933-1945" section. "We have recently sold a knife of the National Socialist Motor Corps for $3,188," Oto Obdrzalek told. Klara Kalibova, from the Tolerance and Civic Society organization, said neo-Nazis are among the buyers of Nazi memorabilia. Some buyers show their support for neo-Nazi ideas with their nicknames, such as Fritz88 and Pavel88, using the two numbers symbolizing the Heil Hitler salute.
Nazi relics for sale: Paratrooper's helmet, signed photo of Hitler and Rudolf Hess
New Zealand: Nazi paraphernalia going under the hammer at Dunbar Sloane's militaria auction include an officer's peaked cap, a Luftwaffe helmet and 2 brooches - all emblazoned with Nazi Germany's eagle and swastika emblems. A German paratrooper's helmet from Crete (worth $3500-$5000) was also among the offerings, auctioneer Bettina Frith said. The most sensational item is the personally signed photograph of Adolf Hitler and his 1930s deputy Rudolf Hess. The photo, which has been set up for sale before without success, is worth $2000-$4000.
Collectors can find an Iron Cross medal, but watch out for fake relics (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Nazi militaria medal seemed so authentic it could fool a soldier of the Third Reich. But F. Patt Anthony, a vendor of military relics, looked at the Iron Cross medal and declared: "When you see this swiveling pin, always be suspicious. That's just typical of ... what they make today." The traveling flea market has enough uniforms, canteens, compasses, watches, medals, helmets, bayonets and firearms to stock a military museum and outfit a unit to defend it. In the world of antiques, replicas and forgeries abound. Fellow sellers defer to Anthony as the high authority of military memorabilia, and collectors often pass his table to ask if they've been bamboozled.
Israelis trade in Nazi memorabilia, SS uniforms and military citations
While Israel reels from the arrest of a neo-Nazi cell, an underground trade of Holocaust-era German militaria continues to thrive. Bravery citations, id papers, handguns, SS daggers, helmets and other wartime mementos belonging to Third Reich soldiers have been the highlights of secretive auctions over the past 10 years. An SS uniform can cost $1,500-$10,000, Third Reich medals and citations $100-$200 and helmets up to $1,500. The practice continues to be shrouded in silence and few are willing to share light in their hobby.
Nazi memorabilia found in an attic box - Stamps, Propaganda
Gary Bass volunteered to help his mother clean out her attic. Inside an old scrapbook, he found photographs, postcards, stamps, propaganda and memorabilia from Nazi Germany. The pages are falling apart, but the postcards and photographs are still easy to identify. Adolph Hitler, his top generals and commanders in flattering poses - surrounded by thousands of adoring Germans. It was all part of Third Reich`s propaganda machine. In addition to the mass-produced propaganda, the scrapbook contained a dozen pages of cancelled stamps, original photographs of soldiers at military bases and tourist sites, postcards, Nazi song books and collector`s cards.
A Bull Market in Phony Naziana: Third Reich memorabilia forgeries
Since the last days of Hitler phony Hitleriana have flooded the market for Nazi memorabilia. Gerd Heidemann's Hitler diaries have proved to be the most audacious of all the Third Reich forgeries so far, but other major scams have often bemused or confounded the experts. The first large-scale forgery surfaced in 1947: a diary allegedly kept by Eva Braun during her affair with Hitler. Common are forged Hitler inscriptions in books, usually Mein Kampf. Careless forgers occasionally fail to research the relationship between Hitler and the alleged recipients of the books, thus committing detectable errors.
WWII films could fire up the market for German militaria
The last time military collectors really got jazzed about old medals, helmets, and bomber jackets from World War II was a dozen years ago. Some even bought Sherman tanks and vintage planes. Now, two new films seem likely to stir up WWII fever again. Flag of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood's epic on the battle of Iwo Jima and a 7-part Ken Burns documentary. You can build a collection on any amount: At the high end are collectors such as Rendell, Paul Allen and Jacques Littlefield, who has 225 tanks and other military vehicles. At the other end, posters, postcards, and magazines can be had for a few dollars. Bayonets, helmets, and tunics start at $50.
Collector sells desk and chair of Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler (Article no longer available from the original source)
A desk and chair which belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler are expected to sell for up to $1 million, a dealer said. Minas Katchadorian said the oak pieces came from Hitler's luxury apartment in Munich, bought for him by a wealthy admirer, commissioned by Elsa Bruckmann. The desk and chair are being sold privately by an American collector who does not want his identity to be revealed. It is believed the collector acquired them in the 1970s, when the U.S. held a sale of wartime collectibles. They were delivered to Hitler's apartment in Munich's Prinzregentenplatz in November 1929.
Polish firm defends production of replica Nazi uniforms
Andrzej Frankowski runs one of a handful of companies in Poland that make replicas of Nazi uniforms -- a business one wouldn't expect to spring up in a country subjected to six years of Nazi occupation. He sells mainly to film companies and history buffs - but some fear that uniforms he offers may be falling into the hands of far-right extremists. They also make related paraphernalia, including armbands saying "Der Fuehrer." He said the uniforms he makes - some 5,000 annually - include replicas of British, Polish, Russian and U.S. army wear and are used in films and historical re-enactments. A complete uniform sells for about $820.
Flag from Nazi Headquarters and souvenir from Hitler's desk (Article no longer available from the original source)
Mike Viechec and his comrades took a flag off of a Nazi Headquarters in World War II, and replaced it with an American Flag. The signatures of his fellow soldiers on the torn down Nazi flag show the pride taken in their country, but one of Viechec's most prized possessions is a letter opener he says he took as a souvenir off of Hitler's desk. "He won't be opening up any more mail," laughed Viechec. The images of human suffering are burned in his memories, and his medals and memorabilia act as a constant reminder of his struggle.
German machine gun taken in raid on garage
A WWII German machine gun and a rifle have been stolen during a break-in at a lock up garage. Thousands of rounds of blank ammunition were also taken, but police said the weapons had been deactivated. The owner of the weapons uses them at military living history shows but doubts if they were specifically targeted. He also said that the amount of ammunition stocked was normal for anyone involved in the activity.
Green Nazi silk robe with a gold eagle and a swastika (Article no longer available from the original source)
Someone donated a strange silk robe to the American Military Museum. The robe is green with nazi signs: a gold eagle and a swastika on the right breast. It is undoubtedly cut for a woman. Mystery was solved as a German tourist who was making his way through the Military Museum recognized it - it was, he said, a robe from a Nazi state-sponsored brothel. By 1939 the Nazi had opened several brothels for the troops' morale. Given the naval eagle on this robe, it would seem every branch of the military had its own home port.
The Nazis: A lucrative industry of Nazi militaria and memorabilia
The trade in German WW2 militaria is an international, multi-million dollar business involving dealers and collectors from countries across the world. Although 3 European countries (France, Germany and Austria) have banned the sale or display of such material, the appetite for it remains as strong as it has ever been. One U.S.-based site is offering a full Nazi camp Jewish prisoner's uniform, at $1,275. While site based in UK, has a catalogue containing a Nazi battle flag ($333) and a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross ($5,449). Prices for truly rare collectable items - an SS Honour dagger - can sell for tens, and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Russia: Smuggled batch of Wehrmacht papers and insignia seized
Russian customs and secret service officers caught a large smuggled batch of Wehrmacht papers and insignia. Customs officers opened the parcel to see routine Wehrmacht papers, a Lemamania chronometer, which once belonged to a Luftwaffe officer, many Wehrmacht honor badges, medals and orders, complete with certificates, and other documents bearing nazi symbols. Some bear Hitler's, Goering's and Kaltenbrunner's original signatures. Snapshots made in the USSR and Yugoslavia portray Soviet POWs, General Vlasov's Russian Liberation Army soldiers, and numerous WWII episodes.