Swastikas permitted in America. Germany bans horrid Nazi symbols

Easter Sunday 4.21.2018

America needs laws prohibiting the display of any Nazi insignia or paraphernalia as shown in the above.  Regrettably. since this country selected a shameless President whose politics display a fascist mentality, these abhorrent symbols will continue to flourish.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 8.14.2018

Illegally displaying Nazi symbols in Germany can be punished by three years in jail. The ban broadly exempts art, but which works are allowed to show swastikas, SS sig runes and such is often more a matter of the medium.

Swastika I 4.21.2019

A fine or up to three years in prison under the Criminal Code. Demagoguery — the incitement of hatred against people of a certain race or religion — can even be punished with up to five years in jail in Germany. This also includes denying the Holocaust.

Displaying Nazi emblems in Germany is, naturally, complicated, even without the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body  (USK) guidelines.

In Germany, the law considers swastikas and SS sig runes the “symbols of anti-constitutional organizations.” Displaying them publicly or selling goods that sport them is illegal. The Nazi salute and statements such as “Heil Hitler” are also banned in public.

Swastikas and other banned symbols can, however, be displayed in Germany if they are used for “civic education, countering anti-constitutional activities, art and science, research and education, the coverage of historic and current events, or similar purposes,” according to the Criminal Code.

That means that movies and TV shows — Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds  (Photo below) and Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, among them — are usually allowed to be distributed in Germany even if they feature swastikas and other Nazi symbols.

Swastika II 4.21.2019

Posting a picture with a swastika in it or Nazi slogans on social media is illegal in Germany. In March 2018, a 45-year-old man was sentenced to three months in prison after he repeatedly posted pictures of a masked man with tattoos of a swastika and other Nazi symbols on Facebook. 

Exceptions also apply to social media, however. When heute-show, a weekly satirical news program, posted a picture of a swastika-shaped Schnitzel on Facebook along with a joke about the Austrian election in April 2016, state prosecutors did not take up the case —  arguing that the swastika was used to illustrate a swing to the right in the Austrian election in an “exaggerated form” and that the post did not constitute an endorsement of an anti-constitutional organization.

Though displaying anti-constitutional symbols publicly is illegal, people in Germany are allowed to own goods branded with the swastika, SS sig runes and other anti-constitutional symbols as long as they make sure that only a limited number of people can see them. It’s legal to have a cellar full of Nazi memorabilia; displaying a flag visible to passersby through a window is deemed legal by some experts and illegal by others.


American Nazis parade – 1937

Selling goods with Nazi symbols is generally banned, but there are exceptions for artifacts if the dealer covers up the anti-constitutional symbols when displaying them publicly. So, it’s perfectly legal to sell an SS helmet at a flea market if the sig rune has been covered with tape. It is, however, only legal to deal with antiques that were produced up until 1945: Selling relica Nazi military uniforms, for example, is not.

In cases of controversy, it is usually up to courts to rule on whether the use of a Nazi symbol has educational, scientific, journalistic or artistic merit.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s