Saturday, October 23, 2010

Historical interest

I don't think that I need to do anything to prove, shall we say, my interest in history.

Still, it's never even occured to me that I might express this by, say, dressing up in a Nazi uniform and giving a Hitler salute or, say, 'reenacting' not simply a Wehrmacht unit but specifically an SS one.

Of course I'm not a Tory/Republican politician, for whom such things seem pretty excusable these days. ("It was fancy dress and a piece of fun."/It's purely historical interest in World War II.")

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

(Promotional video from "5th SS Wiking Reenactment Unit", to which Republican candidate Rich Iott belonged)

Am I missing something? Is my interest in history, ultimately, only superficial?

(At least the former can claim he's merely following the example of his royal family...)


Frau Mahlzahn said...

***quite twisted, in most cases) nature of the movement.***

Quite twisted? In most cases?


But, actually, the sad thing is, you don't have to point fingers at the US, when here in Styria people actually get elected, even though (or even: because?) they are members of a SS-Kameradschaft... (and the particular person I am thinking about even is a history professor).

So long,

John Carter Wood said...

Yeah, 'quite twisted, in most cases' really hits the nail on the head.

And arguing that the fact that unit fought against the Soviets means that the Waffen SS was really about a 'basic desire to be free' is classy.

Apparently, anti-communism makes fascism salonfähig...say, that does indeed sound historically authentic.

Perhaps there's something to this reenactment thing after all.

Not pointing fingers specifically stateside: we know that there's a certain amount of nostalgia closer to home....