Historical Society of German Military History
Started 2 petitions
USE YOUR VOICE - Tell E-BAY to Stop Censoring German World War II Collectibles
Recently, we started selling items on E-bay that have been donated to the society. Unfortunately, we found out quickly that items featuring swastikas, SS runes, or anything featuring Third Reich insignia on German Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), and Luftwaffe (Airforce) items will not be allowed for selling or purchase. E-Bay states items of Hate are not allowed. The final line crossed was when E-Bay removed a book featuring historic photos between German and Soviet Armies in World War II. So we are starting this petition due to their current and lax policies. Many people enjoy history and in this enjoyment, they collect items of history to learn, display, or just to collect. This is a fascination shared by many. Holding a piece of history is something many enjoy. On the flip side, this does not make these people Nazi's, white supremacists, hate-filled, or anti-semetic. Many of us had relatives that served in the wars of German History. This is to honor hard-working, loyal citizens who served their country no matter the faults and evil's of the government that had mislead them. E-Bay used to allow the selling and purchase of such items then stopped due to complaints. Once again business is influenced by people who think we should all march the same line and be under another's control for the supposed greater good. The market is awash with these items especially as the veterans leave the earth and pass the goods on to relatives who do not connect with history. Stores, antique dealers, flea markets, but one place is not allowed - E-Bay. Another part of E-Bay's policies is the lax control of the marketplace. You will find some items then others get banned or removed before the listing ends. E-Bay is being biased based on ' they can only control so much of millions on items'. Either be clear one way or the other. The final line is BOOK REMOVING. E-Bay listened to these complaints and banned Nazi Items. But books that do not support National Socialism directly are banned? Here is the book that was removed: Images of War Series, Final Days of the Reich. This book features World War II photographs between the German and Soviet Armies. No support of Nazism in it. Yes, you can find it on their website, but here is the reason: We offered International Shipping to buyers. They stated some countries do not allow this to be sold in their countries specifically being Germany. They then removed the book. Would not it be easier to program the website to allow and not allow to which countries? Also, would it hurt them to research that this item can be found in the Europen Union and Germany? Of course, it would hurt them because E-Bay only cares about profit and greed. They forget about their sellers and buyers. But they can ban items because the super sensitive will leave their website and... less profit. Please support this petition. Once again Freedom is affected. Thank you/Danke, Admin. Ps. E-BAY IS RESTRICTING FREEDOM. Sounds like they must have Nazi's working there since this sounds like book burning of the 1930's??
Stop the Petition on Change.org for Misleading Facts!
A petition on Change.org was started to stop the selling of German World War II Lego Toys. This petition has stated misleading and slandering facts. The name of the petition is: Stop National Socialist Toys at Amazon. Link: https://www.change.org/p/amazon-stoppt-nationalsozialistisches-spielzeug-bei-amazon?recruiter=7141275&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=autopublish This petition has irked myself and the society for some time. This petition made the news in the BBC so this is originally why it caught our attention. Basically the petitioner is stating the toys in the above picture are harmful to children. He states they represent the Waffen-SS and National Socialism. The BBC in their article also skewed the facts about the Iron Cross based on what the petitioner wrote( We already wrote the BBC). The petition is directed against Lego and Amazon to remove the toys from purchase. Many of the toys have been removed at this point. This company which makes Lego styled figures also makes Allied figures. So basically you will have good versus bad taking on each other in a children’s mind. There are no Swastika’s/ SS Runes on any of these Lego figures which represent Nazi Germany. There is no support of National Socialism with these figures. We do understand that the figures could worry some parents so we are not insensitive to this. I think the parents (whom make the purchases) would decide if they want their children playing with such items. Instead this person wants to force his point of view on all parents. Does he not understand many toys are made representing Wehrmacht figures, vehicles, etc? Some of the figures do look like Heer (Army) figures in which there should be no issue. Here is a sample of the petition that is unacceptable: ‘As you can easily see, these figures look similar to the original LEGO figures to deceive, but show National Socialist symbols such as the imperial eagle, the Iron Cross and the skulls on the collar. ‘ Imperial Eagle. He is referring to the Third Reich’s Reichsadler on the uniforms. By stating the ‘Imperial Eagle’, he is basically throwing in all of German History from the Holy Roman Empire to the Modern German Republic. Most people would think Imperial Germany under the Kaiser. This is a stain on the honorable Kaiser and his many loyal german volk. The Iron Cross. This is some kind of ignorance here. There is no swastika in the pictures of the Iron Cross. The Third Reich Iron Crosses has swastika’s in the middle of them. He is taking all the Iron Crosses from the early 1800’s to modern Germany under this accusation. Currently the Bundeswehr (German Military) uses the Iron Cross as the emblem of the military on all the vehicles. Skulls on the collar. This is another fabrication. There are none from what we have seen. It was not in best taste to feature Lego figures dressed in all black, but most historians will notice the Reichsadler on these figures is on the front of the uniform. The SS only featured them on their left arm. Once again the veterans of Germany from World War II are being bashed. Danke/Thank you, Admin. Here is a link to the BBC Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42325455 Here is the content in the petition: Stop National Socialist Toys at Amazon Manuel Hegel Röttenbach, Germany Dear ladies and gentlemen of the companies LEGO and AMAZON, With an appeal to your responsibility towards children, I would like to address you in this open letter, hoping to be open-minded.In search of LEGO characters on Amazon, I came across something that is extremely urgent to you, because it offers other LEGO-style figures that are compatible with the original LEGO figures, but which have officers, soldiers, etc. of the Waffen-SS and thus play down the National Socialism.This figure is an example for many others:https://www.amazon.de/Wehrmacht-Soldat-Heinz-MG-Sch ktze-Prime-Line/dp/B016Z372VK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1512506831&sr = 8-5 & keywords = wehrmacht + lego As you can easily see, these figures look similar to the original LEGO figures to deceive, but show National Socialist symbols such as the imperial eagle, the Iron Cross and the skulls on the collar.In addition, the manufacturers of these figures often use the name LEGO in their product description or claim to use original LEGO parts.These figures represent one of the most inhumane regimes in world history and by playing with them children accept these uniforms, weapons, etc. as normal, which is an unacceptable influence on the children. In addition, such figures pose a great threat to the reputation of the companies LEGO and AMAZON. For this reason, I urge you to take action against the manufacturers of such characters, if possible legally, and also to make Amazon aware of this case, because any decent citizen can only be a horrible idea that such figures are soon under the Christmas tree could fall into the hands of children. ————————————————– ————————————————– ——-Dear Ladies and Gentleman, I write this very important letter.Searching for LEGO figures on the German Amazon website, I found many examples of LEGO typed and compatible figures from other companies depicting German National Socialism Officers, Soldiers, etc.Here is one figure, which stands as an example for many others: https://www.amazon.de/Modbrix-8820-Minifiguren-Wehrmacht-Panzertruppe/dp/B0167HI2VI/ref=pd_sim_21_9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MPXD6JZSAX6RC779G0VB As you can see, these figures look like the Nazi Eagle and skulls. In addition to that, LEGO parts are often used in their product description.Depicting one of the most unhuman regimes in world history, these figures represent the most opposite to the values. LEGO stood for. Throughout playing with these figures, children accepting the depicted uniforms, weapons, etc. as normal and with that comes to extremely dangerous. After all, these figures are a threat to the good name of LEGO and AMAZON. Therefore, I sincerely ask you to take action against children and to consider legally acting steps against the producers of these figures. This petition wants to be delivered to: AmazonLego