Nazi memorabilia

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This Nazi flag was captured during the Western Desert Campaign by Commonwealth troops, and is now displayed in the museum of an Australian war veterans' village

Nazi memorabilia are items of Nazi origin that are collected by museums and private individuals. Much of it comes from soldiers who collected small items as trophies during the Second World War.

Examples of Nazi memorabilia include swastika flags, items with Nazi emblems such as SS daggers, Nazi-era and other Nazi medals, and contemporary editions of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

The sale of memorabilia is prohibited in some countries in Europe. In the year 2000, in France, the Internet portal site Yahoo! was sued by the Union of Jewish Students and the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism for "justifying war crimes and crimes against humanity" by allowing such memorabilia to be sold via its auction pages. Yahoo!'s response was to ban the sale of Nazi memorabilia through its website. In 2003, a court in Paris cleared Yahoo!.

The auction website eBay has guidelines regarding Nazi memorabilia, certain items are allowed, certain items are restricted and certain items are prohibited.[1] Ebay followed the policies of Yahoo fearing equal litigation and has since banned the Nazi symbol on anything sold on their auction website save for coins, stamps, or printed period literature such as magazines, books, or pamphlets.

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  • Lumsden R. (2000). A Collector's Guide to Third Reich Militaria. Ian Allan Publishing.
  • Frederick J. Stephens Author of several Third Reich Militaria books
  • Marc Garlasco Author of a book on Third Reich militaria.

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