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368 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 21 Jul 2021 at 12:35 PM (5 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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5 days ago  
Just wait for your halfwit ghoulish grand children to find it after you die, who'll then venerate it. Completely pissing on your legacy. It's the American Way.
 
5 days ago  

arrogantbastich: Just wait for your halfwit ghoulish grand children to find it after you die, who'll then venerate it. Completely pissing on your legacy. It's the American Way.


I read that as "goulash" was immensely confused for a second...
 
5 days ago  
Seems the author has nothing better to worry about?

However, the idea of donating them to a museum seems pretty good.
 
5 days ago  

olrasputin: arrogantbastich: Just wait for your halfwit ghoulish grand children to find it after you die, who'll then venerate it. Completely pissing on your legacy. It's the American Way.

I read that as "goulash" was immensely confused for a second...


Sorry, I couldn't find the comic that my post lifted the premise from.
 
5 days ago  
I seem to remember a similar thing with captured Japanese flags, only they often tended to be personalized , and vets and their families were encouraged to send them back to Japan so they could return them to the original owners and / or their families.
 
5 days ago  

MelGoesOnTour: Seems the author has nothing better to worry about?

However, the idea of donating them to a museum seems pretty good.


Yeah, museum is the right choice. They put the flashiest stuff on display but they warehouse tons of mundane stuff like this.
 
5 days ago  
Sounds like the start to a larger art project.
 
5 days ago  
I have bayonets (one Japanese, one German) that my grandfather brought back that I have never been sure what to do with.

I prefer to think that they were never used for their intended purpose.
 
5 days ago  

ElPrimitivo: I have bayonets (one Japanese, one German) that my grandfather brought back that I have never been sure what to do with.

I prefer to think that they were never used for their intended purpose.


I have my grandfathers foot locker which contains a japanese sword, among other WWII spoils and artifacts. I too have no idea what to do with them, aside from preserving them.
 
5 days ago  

odinsposse: MelGoesOnTour: Seems the author has nothing better to worry about?

However, the idea of donating them to a museum seems pretty good.

Yeah, museum is the right choice. They put the flashiest stuff on display but they warehouse tons of mundane stuff like this.


I actually have a captured flag (was taken during the Army of Occupation, I think the time period was called). It's a naval ensign. I'll have to locate an appropriate museum for it.
 
5 days ago  
I have some Kriegsmarine issued china that my parents got me as a gift, knowing how much of a history nerd I am. I have not been able to determine where it was used, but based on the manufacturing marks on it, it was made in 1943.
 
5 days ago  

Peki: Sounds like the start to a larger art project.


Yup. Have you heard of Transforming Hate? It was an art project in which thousands of white supremacist books were given to artists. Take a look: https://www.speakingvolumes.net​/
 
5 days ago  

CFitzsimmons: Peki: Sounds like the start to a larger art project.

Yup. Have you heard of Transforming Hate? It was an art project in which thousands of white supremacist books were given to artists. Take a look: https://www.speakingvolumes.net/​


Oooh I need to take a closer look at that later. Last year had some excellent art come out it. There was a Black artists' gallery at the Los Angeles march for the anniversary of George Floyd's death that was very moving. Thanks for the share!
 
5 days ago  
Sometime in the 50s we kids discovered my father's trove of WW2 memorabilia. A Nazi flag and a luger were the two biggies. We asked my mother about them. They disappeared shortly after that, and I'd love to have a recording or even a transcript of the "discussion" she and Dad had that night.
 
5 days ago  

yakmans_dad: Sometime in the 50s we kids discovered my father's trove of WW2 memorabilia. A Nazi flag and a luger were the two biggies. We asked my mother about them. They disappeared shortly after that, and I'd love to have a recording or even a transcript of the "discussion" she and Dad had that night.


Hey what's in this box? Oh, that's just my small collection of PURE EVIL.
 
5 days ago  

MelGoesOnTour: Seems the author has nothing better to worry about?

However, the idea of donating them to a museum seems pretty good.


On a related thought, are there any collections or displays associated with particular military units, bases, or VFWs for which such a thing might be appropriate?

The girlfriend and I watch a lot of British dramas, and some UK military units seem to have their own collections, though not of stuff seized from the enemy.
 
5 days ago  

blodyholy: ElPrimitivo: I have bayonets (one Japanese, one German) that my grandfather brought back that I have never been sure what to do with.

I prefer to think that they were never used for their intended purpose.

I have my grandfathers foot locker which contains a japanese sword, among other WWII spoils and artifacts. I too have no idea what to do with them, aside from preserving them.


My dad had a suitcase of his WWII days.  His Navy caps, bluejacket manual, little booklets (cartoons and stuff one of the guys in his outfit drew, with signatures from the other guys, stuff like that) packets of uncaptioned photos (a lot of beach shots, some of gatherings, etc)  The one thing we kids were fascinated with was the sabre he picked up.  We asked about it, and he said "after the war, they piled up all this stuff, and you got to take one thing.  A lot of guys took guns and stuff, I took this instead."  He even kept the authorization from the depot or wherever he got it in SF, from around Thanksgiving of 1945.  So he didn't make up any stories about it.  He saw action in the South Pacific, but he never really talked about it very much.  Had some stuff from Japan, which he bought from his bit there...pictures, a magazine, a nice lighter, a little box of seashells. Just to remind him I suppose.  It's not like he ever busted it out and went through it, but it moved with him wherever he went for the forty years after.
 
5 days ago  

flondrix: MelGoesOnTour: Seems the author has nothing better to worry about?

However, the idea of donating them to a museum seems pretty good.

On a related thought, are there any collections or displays associated with particular military units, bases, or VFWs for which such a thing might be appropriate?

The girlfriend and I watch a lot of British dramas, and some UK military units seem to have their own collections, though not of stuff seized from the enemy.


My dad gave a bunch of extra insignias and stuff to a fellow vet that displayed them (we saw it at our bank, and he contacted the guy to see if he was interested; he was, so Dad donated them to him: this was in the '70s) - shared a kind of kinship with the guy.

You might look up the unit on the internet and see if they have a museum or display somewhere that you could give them to.  They're probably on a base somewhere and act as a point of contact for the vets.  See if they're interested in what you have.
 
5 days ago  
FTFAThe Nazis were prolific flag-makers; during the Third Reich, they made millions of them. After the fall of the regime, an untold number of the flags remained.

Huh. Who does THIS remind you of?
 
4 days ago  
A friend of a friend, I won't call him a mutual friend because he's creepy AF, deals in military memorabilia, mostly nazi shiat. From listening to him prattle on about it one night, I'm sure a flag like that would be worth at least a thousand bucks to an equally creepy collector. Why anyone would want  this shiat in their lives is beyond me.
 
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