Collecting Third Reich Militaria in Australia
Collecting Third Reich militaria, including items such as uniforms, medals, documents, and other artifacts from Nazi Germany, can be a controversial and sensitive topic. However, there are legitimate reasons why some collectors are interested in these historical objects.
One legitimate reason for collecting Third Reich militaria is historical research as part of public or private militaria collections. The study of historical artifacts can provide insights into the past and help historians, scholars and museums (private and public) better understand and remember the events of World War II. For example, studying military uniforms and equipment can provide information about the values, training, indoctrination, tactics and strategies of the WW2 German military.
Likewise, examining propaganda posters and leaflets can provide insights into the psychological manipulation of the German population during the war. Collecting and preserving these items can help ensure that they are available for future generations to study and learn from. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it as they say.
Another legitimate reason for collecting Third Reich militaria can be connected to the design and manufacture of certain types of item that contribute to general military history in terms of uniform and award design. Some designers and collectors may be interested in the aesthetic qualities of Third Reich objects, such as the intricate designs of medals or the unique patterns of military uniforms.
Collecting Third Reich militaria can also be a way to honor the memory of family members or others who served during World War II and fought Third Reich Germany. Many items are in fact war trophies taken by Allied troops. For some collectors, acquiring objects that their ancestors may have encountered during the war can be a way to connect with their family history and better understand their ancestors' experiences. Additionally, collecting and displaying these items can be a way to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war.
Finally, collecting Third Reich militaria can be a way to perpetuate understanding and awareness of the the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. Collecting and displaying items related to the Third Reich can serve as an ongoing reminder of the dangers of extremism, intolerance, and hate. By preserving these artifacts, collectors can help ensure that the memory of the Holocaust is not forgotten and that future generations learn from the mistakes of the past. It is hard to deny what occurred if you can actually see or hold an artefact from the era.
However, it is important to note that collecting Third Reich militaria can also be controversial and raise ethical concerns. Some people view the display and sale of these items as disrespectful or offensive, given the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. Additionally, in some countries, the sale and display of Nazi memorabilia are illegal due to laws that prohibit the glorification of the Nazi regime. Collectors should be aware of the ethical and legal implications of collecting Third Reich militaria and ensure that they are not engaging in any activities that are illegal or promote hate speech. Sabre for example does not in any way condone revisionist ideas or hate organisations. We see WW2 artefacts of any form as part of the legitimate study and preservation of history.
In conclusion, while the collecting of Third Reich militaria can be a sensitive topic, there are legitimate reasons for collectors to pursue this hobby. Whether it is for historical research, appreciation of art and design, honoring family members, or promoting understanding and awareness of the Holocaust, collectors can play an important role in preserving these artifacts for future generations to learn from. However, it is important for collectors to be aware of the ethical and legal implications of their activities and to approach the hobby with sensitivity. It is important to respect the values and rights of others, who in turn should also respect the views and rights of legitimate collectors.