Our family was affected by the 'final solution' as well as the Japanese expansion ( lives were lost ) so there is a dim view of me collecting German items within my extended family. I have long since stopped justifying myself to them or others and show items only to my other friends - i.e. you guys and gals!
I do not collect SS, NSDAP or Japanese ( for reasons that remain personal ) but am completely comfortable with the TR items I do have.
Where do they live? ...... in the garage office ( my man cave ) and that suits me fine.
Cheers all, Dan
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
i find that most people that see my collection, like to ask why do i collect and what are the items i have. and a few say no i dont want to touch any of it because it has bad vibes to it.
but i do find that it can make some people open up and talk, witch can be a good thing somtimes, but can be a bad thing to.
i showed my mates grandpar a german helmet once and he told me and my mate more about the war then what he had ever said to his wife and sons in 70 odd years. but i could still see what he went throught, still brings pain.and he said dont collect that ss stuff they were just a bunch of pricks i wont go into what he said. but he has evey right to that just like we all have the freedom to collect what we want. and people should respect that. but we should respect there veiws to.
the majority of the time ive posted threads on my collection ,the feedback has always been fairly positive of course sometimes a certain individual can throw in a negative ,these people are often very new to the forum and you dont hear from them again ,i always listen to the feedback though and if i agree will make the necessary changes ,its always good to hear other members idea's
It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C
One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C
“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill
I here you Daniel, exactly my experience !!
People not interested in militaria, think of it as junk in general. Except for my Pickelhaube, maybe because it is more antik looking, I don´t know
hiding your collection away will protect you from negative comments and thieves, but if people dont know you collect you may miss out on an awesome item . How many of you have been given a great piece of militaria just from word of mouth?
I'v had mates come round......." i found this in my shed you collect this crap dont you"
when i first started collecting i as a little timid and worried about what people think nowdays i dont really care. I would rather cop a few negative comments and have a wider network of people looking for me.
after all im confident that my collection is not going to turn me into a neonazi( although i do have a shaved head) and i have you guys to validate that im not the only one out there collecting this "crap"