German Tourists Bring Hitler Mugs From Bulgaria, Face Court
German customs officers at the airports watch for coffee mugs with Hitler and swastikas, which German tourists bring home from Bulgaria, reports DPA, quoted by BTA.
A spokesperson of the customs at Duesseldorf told the agency that the officers apprehended several such mugs already. According to him, they were being sold at Bulgarian Black Sea beaches.
He warned passengers that bringing such items to Germany violates German law, which strictly forbids any use and display of Nazi symbols.
People who already brought such mugs into the country, are already facing court prosecution.
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"and it seems that Communist symbols are somehow more acceptable, despite the even higher toll of victims..... - "
Well said. The Russian paid propagandists on this forum are allowed to spew hatred and promote communism, an ideology much more deadly and sinister than fascism, but that's somehow ok. Yet some stupid drunk teenage idiots from Germany take a mug with a swastika which is not even a Nazi symbol, yet that's evil. Stupid double standards.
That's hardly a "tragedy" - it's normal human behaviour and t'was ever thus - just look at how long it takes for jokes to start circulating after any disaster. We may not like it but human nature isn't going to change to cater to our particular sensitivities.
I certainly wouldn't want one if those mugs but some people clearly do - and it seems that Communist symbols are somehow more acceptable, despite the even higher toll of victims.....
Amazing the amount of erratic paranoid fervour, ranting and ideas that some commentators expound on some subjects here. I did not say anything about banning the sale of these mugs all I pointed out that it was a tragedy that some people have the indecency to try to make a business out of a historical disaster caused by mans inhumanity.
If I'm following what you're saying, Gottlieb (not an easy task, to be frank...) - Bulgarians are "bad people" because they saved tens of thousands of people from the Nazis but didn't save more. There was a war on, in case it had slipped your notice, and I'd say that they did what they could in the very difficult circumstances they were faced with. If that makes them "bad", then how would you describe the French, Poles and indeed the Germans themselves? Are all Germans therefore "bad" forever because of what their ancestors did - or have you discovered some moral statute of limitations than no-one else is aware of?
And what does that say about Serbs, Croats, Hutu, Turks and many other nations......
since you are so imperfect or at least you are being so with your pro-Bg stance regarding the Jewish issue:
Bulgarians are bad people, it's true they save 48 000 Jews yet they didn't save the Greek and Yugoslav ones in the newly acquired territories. Who cares the latter were no Bg citizens, who cares that if King Boris had insisted for their rescue, Hitler might have changed his mind about the former and demanded that all of them be handed over to him? Bg did fail to save all of them and therefore did contribute to the murdering of around 10 000 Jews. Who cares that, since the end of ww2, there might have been at least 1 Jew murdered by a Greek out of ethnic hatred -- based, let's say, on 'some' of the Western Powers' support for FYROMian and Muslim (Turkish and Pomak/Muslim-Bulgarian) separatists in Greece (without going into details as to who those 'some' countries might be)? Who cares that there might have been numerous nations the representatives of which have murdered at least 1 ethnic Jew out of racism, anti-Semitism without necessarily reaching genocidal proportions?
If 10 000 dead Jews = 6 million dead Jews then 1 murdered Jews = 10 000 dead ones, to the death of which your Bulgarians nations "has" some contribution (leaving aside the lack of Bg citizenship and other pro-Bg arguments)
It's called a Free Market, PP - something that goes with Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought.
As for Germany banning free speech, isn't that just an example of how the Nazis behaved - along with banning displays of symbols they didn't approve of?
Plus ça change.....
The real tragedy here is the sick minded manufacturers and distributors of these items, especially in a country that stood out against the extermination of Jews by the Nazis. Bulgaria stands proud because of its actions to prevent the extradition of its Jewish population but this type of "business" could tarnish that image.
As part of the clean-up after their national catastrophe (which also lead to millions of deaths in other countries across Europe), Germany introduced strict laws against Nazi propaganda. Something that would be protected as "freedom of speech" in US and other democratic countries is simply banned in Germany. From what I can see, it worked relatively effectively so far...
Typical Teutonic nonsense: Fascists Against Fascism!
If some idiot wants a memento of part of his country's history then why shouldn't he/she be free to have it? Banning mugs doesn't make the crimes of the Third Reich disappear - nor those of the current one....