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  •  It is certainly illegal in Germany and Austria, (4+ / 0-)

    to possess such a thing, I can tell you that from the years I lived there. Anyone in those countries would be breaking the law to order such a monstrosity.


    by commonmass on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:25:40 PM PDT

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    •  That's a bit troubling (3+ / 0-)

      kinda smacks of Japan's efforts to sweep all their WW2 atrocities under the rug

      •  It's not really about sweeping it under the rug. (6+ / 0-)

        It's not the way we do things in the United States, but I can understand why Nazi paraphrenalia is illegal in those countries (though it can be more easily found in Austria then Germany). The late Jorg Haider, former PM of Austria should be instructive on that score (leader of the ultra-right wing Freedom Party and interestingly a homosexual once famously praised the slave labor policies of the Third Reich and the scandal surrounding former UN official and President of the Austrian Republic Kurt Waldheim, who had been a Nazi party member).

        In general, they own up to their crimes. They ought to, they were horrendous. Now, the nostalgia for East Germany remains difficult to explain.


        by commonmass on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:35:12 PM PDT

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        •  To me it would be similar if the USA forbade (6+ / 0-)

          selling pictures of the internment camps that we incarcerated Japanese Americans during WW2 (yes, I understand that that wasn't quite as horrific, but still, based on American "ideals" - still quite astonishingly bad).

          And I don't get how a picture of a concentration camp (as sold by Walmart - that is all it appears to be - a picture w/o any "motivational" aspect actually on the poster itself) is Nazi paraphernalia.   To me it is just part of the historical record that people should have free access to - sure, some might abuse it by celebrating what it represents, but that's probably the chance that one has to take in a "free" society.

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