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Nazi flags

Nazi flags - Swastika of the Third Reich and the on-going controversy.
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The Debate: Should Amazon be selling Nazi flags?
Should flags that represent a racist ideology be up for sale? John Rentoul offers an argument in defence of the sale, with Matthew Bell arguing against the decision. --- John Rentoul: The worst way would be to demand new laws to ban the sale of swastika flags, SS insignia and Mein Kampf. We already have laws against incitement to racial hatred, and that is the right place to draw the line between learning about the Nazis and the Holocaust and glorifying them. --- Matthew Bell: The trouble is that demand for this stuff is growing. The further the Third Reich recedes into history, the more its protagonists acquire a mythical status.
(independent.co.uk)

Nazi flag, captured by the SAS in 1942, to be auctioned off
A Nazi flag, captured by the SAS in 1942, is to be auctioned to raise money for a commemorative window at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. The flag, signed by members of the SAS, was donated to the Allied Special Forces Association in 2001 by the family of Trooper Henry Mullen 1 SAS. Trooper Mullen and 30 colleagues were executed by the Germans in July 1944 after being caught behind enemy lines. It will be auctioned by Mullock's in Ludlow, Shropshire, on 16 October.
(bbc.co.uk)

U.S. Marines spark firestorm after posing with Nazi SS flag in Afghanistan
The commander of a group of U.S. Marines who were photographed in Afghanistan with a Nazi SS flag concluded they were acting out of ignorance rather than bigotry and did not punish them. Outrage over the photo ricocheted around the Internet and threatened to snowball into the latest war-zone scandal for the Marine Corps. "They didn't realize that they were associating themselves with something that was racist, fascist. This was a chance to educate our young Marines about the history of the Nazis and the power of symbols," explained Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Oliva, a Marine spokesman at Camp Pendleton in California.
(nationalpost.com)

Treasure Hunters Roadshow bags a Nazi flag for $100 and two Nazi daggers for $175 each
Steven Halstead - a collector of memorabilia and militaria - sold a Nazi flag for $100 and two Nazi daggers for $175 each to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow during its stop in Franklin. "I don't need two flags and 17 daggers," he explained. Field buyers like Shawn Robinson and Mike Kirchgesner research the value of items based on the current market, Internet and collector values. "With common items, we can come back quickly with a value. I'm sending a picture of a German flag to our researchers to see what kind of value is on it," Kirchgesner said, referring to Halstead's Nazi flag.
(tidewaternews.com)

WWII secret agent Beatrice Jackman sells dress she made from liberated Nazi flag
A WWII heroine who made a unique evening dress from a huge Nazi flag seized from the Reichstag has had to sell it after 66 years. Beatrice Jackman - a secret agent - wore the exquisite red garment at parties and balls held to celebrate the end of the war. Her soldier fiancé had liberated the flag that was hung from a balcony at the prominent Nazi building in Berlin before it was turned into ruins. After cutting out the black and white swastika emblem, she had the red fabric made into the full-length dress which she kept in her wardrobe ever since.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Over-sensitive and ridiculous? UK Museum covers up Nazi flag after complaints
Organisers of a village museum's WWII exhibition have covered up a swastika on a Nazi flag after complaints. The Nazi banner, seized from the Berlin Olympic stadium in 1945 by a local soldier, was one of the most eye-catching exhibits in the Cawthorne museum. But after "one or two people" complained that it showed a lack of respect to villagers who perished in the war, the museum covered the swastika flag with a Union Flag. The move has been called "ridiculous and over-sensitive." William Walker, a Battle of Britain pilot, said: "It's absolutely ridiculous. You have got to face reality, it's part of history."
(dailymail.co.uk)

German WW2 militaria irresistible: Mint condition Nazi flag stolen from a New Zealand Museum
The widow of the war veteran who captured a nazi flag during World War II is devastated at its theft from the Raglan & District museum. Wyonne Wright's husband, Whitfeld, and his sherman tank crew from the NZ 18th Armoured Regiment seized the flag from a building in Italy in 1944. The Nazi flag was stolen along with a copy of a photo of the tank crew posing with the flag. The flag was estimated to be worth $1500 on its own but could be worth more with official descriptions and the period photograph. A flying helmet and German propaganda sheet were also taken the same day.
(stuff.co.nz)

Officials dig up coffin of Neo-Nazi leader Friedhelm Busse to remove Swastika flag
German officials revealed that they had dug up a grave to get rid of a swastika flag that had been draped over the coffin. The Nazi-style burial of Friedhelm Busse - the last leader of the Free German Labor Party (outlawed in 1995) - in Passau ended in violence at the cemetery and a mid-town rampage where neo-Nazis hit a Mongolian woman in the face. Authorities seized right-winger Thomas Wulff after he slipped the swastika flag out from under his jacket and placed it at the last moment on the casket of Busse. "It is a so-called War Flag of the Reich in the 1935-1945 design with a big swastika in the middle of it," said prosecutor Helmut Walch.
(dw-world.de)

Lithuania bans Soviet and Nazi symbols: flags, emblems, badges, insignia
Lithuania's parliament has passed the hardest restrictions anywhere in the former Soviet Union on the display of Soviet or Nazi signs and symbols. It will now be a crime to display the images of Soviet and Nazi leaders. This includes flags, emblems, badges, insignia, such as the hammer and sickle or swastika. Some say equating Soviet and Nazi symbols will surely infuriate Russia. The new law also prohibits the Nazi and Soviet national anthems but does not define if this applies to the modern-day Russian national anthem, which uses the Soviet music with different lyrics.
(bbc.co.uk)

Photo collection of SS Daggers, Nazi Flags and other German militaria
Collection of World War II memorabilia photographs (86 images), including SS daggers, Hitler Youth german helmets, nazi swastika flags and various firearms.
(ws)

Nazi flag captured by the 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment found in Alberta
Dennis Coburn was expecting the spiders and old books when he was cleaning out at a Royal Canadian Legion office. What he didn't expect was finding a large flag with a swastika. Coburn came across a plastic bag, and a casual look revealed a photo of a soldier and some folded material. "I could see it was some kind of a flag." He didn't think much of it, presuming the flag might be the Union Jack. When he arrived home, he spread out the flag: In addition to the giant Nazi symbol that unfolded before him, the flag was signed by Canadian soldiers from the 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment that fought in Normandy. It lists battles and the soldiers killed in action.
(theglobeandmail)

Vandals burned American flags, leave swastika flags at grave sites
Investigators are lifting fingerprints to try to find the vandals who trashed a Washington Woodlawn cemetery twice during Memorial Day weekend. Vandals burned dozens of American flags at veterans' grave sites and replaced them with hand-made swastika flags. Volunteers discovered the damage Sunday and replaced the flags, but the vandals came back Monday.
(katu)

"...we had to dry our dishes with a swastika flag" - Hilke`s diary
She was 12, and she has just started a diary, probably her first. "To this diary I will entrust both my joys and my sorrows." Like most girl`s diaries, Hilke`s has never been published. The diary runs from July 27, 1940 to August 4, 1945. --- One day there is an outing to the zoo. Hilke is so disappointed not to be able to go, but, as she explains in her diary entry for Sept 28, 1941: "I was on duty with the Hitler Youth Group." April 25, 1945: "... All the pictures of Hitler are being buried, the flags torn to bits ... Today we had to dry our dishes with a swastika flag. I couldn`t stand that so I walked out."
(timesonline)

Nazi flag off the wall in a Munich beer hall - Smuggled German WW2 militaria
For 60 years, Walter Christensen did not talk about the Nazi flag he took off the wall in a beer hall in Munich where Adolf Hitler began his rise to power in the 1920s. But when he saw a story in a veteran's magazine about another soldier from the 4th Infantry Division who had brought home a Nazi flag, he knew it was time to talk about it. Members of his unit signed the Nazi flag, which the military considered contraband. A friend sewed a fake bottom into Christensen's duffle bag and the red, white and black flag was secreted away.
(democratherald)

Poland producing replica nazi uniforms and Third Reich flags
Berlin presses Poland to close production of replica uniforms, weapons, flags and symbols of the Third Reich. There is a certain irony that Poland is the centre of a thriving post-Nazi industry. Bans don't stop the stuff being manufactured and pouring across the border from one country to another. One factory near Poznan makes swastika flags, swastika-bearing steel helmets, SS runes and the most popular item of all: copies of the standard-issue shirt worn by Wehrmacht soldiers in World War II.
(theage)

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.
(winktv)

Don't Fly the Flag - Germans still have a fear of patriotism
Over six decades after the end of World War II, Germans still have a pathological fear of patriotism. Flying the flag is still a faux pas. It's almost as though Berlin was following a capital city checklist when the city was revived as Germany's political hub in the late 1990s. Dramatic government quarter complete with flashy architecture? Check. Headquarters of major think tanks and foundations? Check. National monuments? Check. Lots of flags? Ummmm. Wait a sec. Flags? Somebody forgot the flags.
(spiegel)

Why German authorities have the wrong end of the swastika   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Few people would argue with Germany's ban on Nazi symbolism. But two recent cases involving a Nigerian footballer and left-wing anti-fascists show that public prosecutors are going after the wrong people. While opinions differ between Germany and, say, the US about where the limits should lie, one German restriction on freedom of expression seems uncontroversial: the ban on Nazi symbols under Article 86a of the German Strafgesetzbuch (criminal code).
(expatica)

Flying the swastika is to stay legal   (Article no longer available from the original source)
It is not an offence to burn the Australian flag. Neither is it an offence to fly the Nazi swastika and the Government has no plans to make it one. But Prime Minister John Howard did say today that there were occasions when displaying a swastika flag could result in prosecution. The swastika issue surfaced when a couple displayed a Nazi flag for a week in their backyard, only removing it after intense pressure. Jenni Duncombe told the media she did not know what the flag signified. Mr Howard said many people would be offended by display of the swastika, the symbol of the Nazi regime responsible for about 35 million dead during WWII.
(thesundaymail)