The Origin of an Authentic Nazi Flag

The Origin of an Authentic Nazi Flag

When the authentic nazi flag was rediscovered in her parents’ attic, Jessica Goldstein had an uneasy feeling. She knew the black swastika on a white circle that had been Hitler’s personal flag was familiar, from photographs and movies she had seen, and from a few old posters. But she had never handled the flag herself, and she was surprised to find it spread out on her carpet, a symbol of hatred, racism, and fear.

She had already begun researching museums to donate the flag, but she was hesitant to do so without knowing its provenance. The experts she spoke with advised her that museum professionals care most about a flag’s history, and that she should try to determine as much as she could about where it came from.

Authentic Nazi Flag: Understanding the Historical Context and Legalities

DESCRIPTION: This is a rare Reichs Kriegsfahne in the size collectors seek and it’s in great condition. It has a lanyard and loop end for attaching to the flagpole as well as silver fringe on all three sides. This particular flag was used by the Kriegsmarine, so it may have accompanied the navy into battle.

But it’s not just neo-Nazis who fly the flag. Civil War reenactors and fans of the German author Karl May, who set many of his stories in the American West, also use it. When pressed about the connection between the Confederate and Nazi flags, they often appeal to tradition and insist that their use of both has no racist meaning. But, as the examples in this article show, distrust of nostalgia is a vital part of our national project of working through the past, and a history of hatred shouldn’t be justified or erased because it makes people uncomfortable.

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