As some of you might know, I’m a collector and admirer of militaria. I am, for the most part, mostly concerned with the Second World War and Cold War. Berlin has always been my treasure chest. Every weekend I head down to the flea markets, and like a child in a candy store, I ogle and peel over medals, helmets, gasmasks, photos, written work, fieldguides and the likes. I have to exercise the point that I am in no way a “Nazi-Sympathizer”. It’s history, you dolt.
Anyways, I toooootally scored this Sunday afternoon, at the Ostbanhof flea market. Pictured is an SS hat pin. Here in Germany, it’s illegal to display certain icons and actions related to the 3rd Reich; this includes the SS skull, swastikas and the Nazi salute. How do vendors of such historic relics avoid getting in trouble for setting up shop with a table covered in metallic swasticas???
The symbol of Nazi brutality, obscured by a smiley face.