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Nazi style swastika items showing up more for sale in Pattaya

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This is NOT about Buddhist swastikas.

This is about various items being sold or being worn (after being sold) that are unambiguously Nazi style swastikas.

So please no discussion here about how wonderful and innocent Buddhist swastikas are, because this topic has nothing to do with Buddhist swastikas.

 

Anyway ... 

 

Over the years, it's never been particularly rare to come across such Nazi graphics in Pattaya, and sometimes even explicitly including heroic portraits of Hitler, but I have noticed recently an UPTICK in such displays.

 

I'm wondering what's up. So people are buying these more? What's the target market other than Thai youth making a fashion statement?

 

Tonight I saw a display of such stuff that labelled itself as World War memorobilia. But it was clearly ALL FAKE.

 

I realize one of the appeals of Thailand is that stuff goes on here that doesn't go on in the west, and vice versa, some stuff popular in the west is surprising "illegal" here, like sex toys.

 

But still ... 

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... about all that the later generations know about that war; was that they were on the same side as the Nazis, and the Rising Sun...

 

Pretty much everything else that happened during that era, has been silenced from their history 

 

With all the currently suppressed dissent, and the want for 'revolution' - what better way than to display in the faces of the current administration;

the symbol flown in all that 'glory' by utterly almost millions, that happened at the Reichstag plaza for example.

 

... just another symbol for wilfull-in-your-face-protest, and anarchy

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A strange topic, but I can understand some people like to collect historical artefacts, especially of good design and quality from a particular period.

With time, we will know the real history.

 

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42 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

They seem to be in tourist areas aimed at non-Thai tourists.

True, the clientele is clearly right-wing westerners. Bikers, some Trump supporters and such. Makes my blood boil when I see it. Grandpa enlisted at the age of 44, having already fought in one world war, to go overseas to stomp that symbol out of exsistance.  I had a friend whose mother survived a death camp visit with his family and fortunately we never came across any. We did drive past AXIS Condo, what's up with that?

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53 minutes ago, talahtnut said:

A strange topic, but I can understand some people like to collect historical artefacts, especially of good design and quality from a particular period.

With time, we will know the real history.

 

Cheap knock off obvious fakes is what I'm talking about.

No even half arsed serious "collector" would be interested. 

The memorabilia branding is purely a cover.

I think we already know the real history.

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

They seem to be in tourist areas aimed at non-Thai tourists.

Agree and it is not the Germans who buy them...

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10 minutes ago, Basil B said:

Agree and it is not the Germans who buy them...

Yeah, I'm not talking about the Thai youth fashion market. That's really old news and I've actually noticed a DECLINE in Thai youth wearing that stuff from some years back. Not sure why. I can only guess it was just another trend and trends get replaced by new trends. The fashion stuff for youth is sometimes very modern and stylized and couldn't be confused with an attempt at memorabilia copy. I'm really seeing a spike in marketing to tourists of more basic Nazi designs that can't really be seen as a fashion statement. So which tourists?

 

I do realize that the Thais selling this stuff are only in it for the baht and aren't Nazi propagandists. If items featuring images of vagina shaped  butterflies sold well, they'd be featuring those. The buyers might be another story. 

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3 minutes ago, smotherb said:

Please note; they've got Lenin, Putin and Che Guevara items too. Perhaps it's just your heritage that is showing. Some people would complain if American, British, or Australian symbols were shown too. If you don't like them, don't buy them--no demand, no supply.

I can not remember what the pieces of paper attached to them actually says now ? 

 

But I remember when I saw it, I thought he must have got some grief from someone for selling the items.

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2 minutes ago, hyku1147 said:

 

Is it becoming homophobic to demonize the Nazi swastika?

 

No .

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