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Polish Forced Labour (Zwangsarbeiter/Fremdarbeiter) collection

Article about: by A.J. Zawadzki Hi Stefan, yes, very perceptive of you. Definitely the efforts of a left leaning group. You'll quickly spot the less-than-subtle hammer and scythe imagery on the cover: Atta

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    Quote by 4thskorpion View Post
    Unfortunately I doubt that there is a nation on earth, either past or present, that did not wear that same hat at one time or another.
    That may be true (and I would say is true), but the Germans had, and some say still do, a certain 'way' of detaching themselves from the reality of their immorality. And perhaps as a nation - not to the degree the Germans did in the years 1933 to 1945. Or even earlier.

    I know that various nations and empires did terrible things from the Romans destroying Carthage, to the British introducing smallpox to North American natives, to Pol Pot and the genocide in Cambodia and in between and after.

    But the German nation in the 20th century was an advanced, educated, Western, Christian nation. The sad part is as a species, the human race is getting much better at destroying ourselves to the present day. Will we be able to keep our finger off the button?


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    But the German nation in the 20th century was an advanced, educated, Western, Christian nation.
    In fact the list of so-called advanced 20th Century "western" Christian civilization lapses of morality would fill many tomes and be outside the scope of this militaria collectors forum

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    Will we be able to keep our finger off the button?
    I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones— Albert Einstein
    Last edited by StefanM; 08-21-2012 at 11:00 AM.
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    . . . be outside the scope of this militaria collectors forum
    Thanks Stefan. Let’s keep things on the straight and narrow.

    Regards,
    Tony
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    some simply did not know their left from their right... but Reichsführer it is on the right of the photo, right?
    That could be true, but this guy knew it well

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    That could be true, but this guy knew it well

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    Interesting! Another "P" patch where the purple "P" does not show in the photo? Must surely be film stock not sensitive to that wavelength?
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    You are right indeed.

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    Another example — but worn on both left and right!

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    Taucha - Leipzig 28-May-1941 (probably forced workers from one of the HASAG plants/camps)


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    Polish POWs ... "P" patches all present and correct as per regulations ... as one would expect.
    Last edited by StefanM; 08-22-2012 at 02:32 PM.
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    Seven of the Polish delegates, which included elderly survivors of Hitler’s forced labour policies in Poland, needed hospital treatment after being hit with the pepper spray.

    Police arrested a 42-year-old man identified only as Frank A., after the attack at a factory in Bergedorf near Hamburg where forced labourers were used during World War II.

    Around 200 guests and families had gathered for the dedication of a memorial, when the Bergedorfer Zeitung newspaper said the well-built man wearing a leather jacket rushed at the people seated in the first row.

    He was easily overwhelmed by police and arrested. Police said that the man, known to them as a far-right activist, was also suffering from mental health problems.

    "After he had been arrested he appeared very calm," one officer involved in the arrest told the newspaper.

    The injured forced labourers in Germany during the war and their relatives, were at the end of a week-long visit, with the unveiling of the memorial intended as a highlight.

    "These people should have experienced a belated recognition of their terrible personal story in Germany," said Angelika Schmidt, a local pastor who had been addressing the crowd when Frank A. attacked. "Instead of that, they were once again mistreated."

    The Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper reported that the delegation returned home on Saturday. Project leader of the visit programme David Rojkowski said their overall experience of the week had been a good one.

    "This terrible incident on the last day cannot overshadow all the good experiences," he said.

    Frank A. was recently fined €3,000 for sending extremist literature to imprisoned neo-Nazi Horst Mahler, the newspaper said.

    The Local/rc

    Neo-Nazi pepper sprays Polish WWII survivors - The Local

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    Seven of the Polish delegates, which included elderly survivors of Hitler’s forced labour policies in Poland, needed hospital treatment after being hit with the pepper spray.
    I also saw this sad report! Luckily these neo-Nazi lunatics are few and far between!
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    POW Camps: List

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