Watertown Daily Times | Nazi merchandise causes no Führer at gun shows
We should all drop him a line and let him know that there IS a devoted group of collectors, not nazi-sympathizers, that value historical items that speak to the history of the 30's and 40's in Germany.
It's one thing to read about German militarism, it's another to look at and hold the items that materialized in its wake. There are some unseemly individuals in this field who do have fascistic yearnings, I won't deny it, but we shouldn't let the uninformed go about uninforming in regards to the reality of this community: that we are largely just history buffs who like to hold history in our hands, and not just read about it in books.
There's also the human/crow-like gathering/collecting quality that seeps in whenever a market and an interest creates "collectibles." I shouldn't speak for others, but only for myself. I collect because of some primordial desire to hoard valuable things, and also, and more importantly, because these things come from HUGELY IMPORTANT historical time periods and events.
Would love to hear your twenty-two cents.