I loathe Nazism. All that it stood for, and all that it accomplished during its brief putrescent flowering, were incontrovertibly evil. My grandfather was the sole survivor when his entire 10th Mountain Division platoon was ambushed by German holdouts in the Italian Campaign. My grandmother’s doting older brother rests in a Philippine military cemetery, an ocean away from his family’s North Dakota burial plot.
When I think of them, and of friends’ grandparents murdered by the Nazis without the dignity of being able to fight back, it makes me want to puke to see Nazi fetish gear like this. Who buys this shit?
Actual WWII relics like old Mauser 98Ks have a historical value that outweighs the slight case of the creeps you might get if you wonder whetherthey were used in the extermination camps. But most were not, just as most Germans were not ideological Nazis. Almost every able-bodied German male born between 1895 and 1932 was caught up in the Nazi war machine, regardless of their personal beliefs.
But this isn’t a milsurp WWII rifle or bayonet. It’s got no historical value, and it’s not even a replica of anything with historical value. It depresses me that garbage like this is even made.