Nazi Symbols on Sale in Bulgaria Outrage German Press

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Bulgaria: Nazi Symbols on Sale in Bulgaria Outrage German Press A photo shows a book stand on a street in Sofia selling Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, together with other anti-Semitic books and "global conspiracy" literature. Photo by BGNES

Nazi symbols that are banned in Germany are sold widely in Bulgaria, the leading German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

Nazi paraphernalia are about as easy to buy in Bulgaria as vegetables, and one can easily purchase everything necessary to dress up like Adolf Hitler, the author of the report (HERE in German), Bernhard Honnigfort, points out, after a trip in Bulgaria.

In his words, Hitler's book Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") is obligatory for any "self-respecting" Bulgarian flee market.

The author further reports he discovered busts of Adolf Hitler on sale in antique shops in the Black Sea resort of Sozopol and the southern city of Plovdiv, sold side by side with busts of communist revolution chief Vladimir Lenin.

According to the report, it is unclear who purchases such items but there is no doubt that there seems to be a demand for them.

Hitler's images and swastikas also reported to be sold on brand new clocks or paintings, compasses, and bottles. An "interesting" item is said to be a hunter's penknife with an inscription "Alles fuer Deutschland" ("Everything for Germany").

The author notes that a shop on the beach in Sozopol offering costume photos gives tourists to opportunity to dress up as pirates, knights, cowboys, Louis XIV, Napoleon or Hitler. However, its owners react angrily when one tries to photograph them.

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Seedy - 12 Oct 2012 // 12:41:45


You forgot to give me your address when you placed your last order for the Nazi uniforms you wanted......or were you just hoping to annexe the whole warehouse? ;)

Chushki - 12 Oct 2012 // 08:51:40

Unfortunately for as long as Seedy remains in Bulgaria, there will always be a market for this kind of rubbish.

peterperfect - 12 Oct 2012 // 08:38:51

Yane, didin't say anything about banning or free speach (which I firmly uphold). There are, however, precendents in law about the Nazis and the holocaust so free speach is already controlled on that front for that matter.

Yane - 12 Oct 2012 // 03:25:26

It's called free speech, I guess you don't understand that you cannot make illegal everything that isn't to your taste.

peterperfect - 11 Oct 2012 // 10:12:49

These products stink. Nobody decent in the civilised world would touch them with a bargepole. The Nazis ethnic cleansed half of Europe and not just of Jews either, many other groups were included in their blood letting. Bulgaria saved most of its Jews and so, I would have thought, had more empathy for the sensitivity of this subject. Appears I was wrong. Very sad.

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