Bodies dug from graves to fuel trade in Nazi souvenirs…
Servicemen’s groups have condemned the trade in Nazi souvenirs, which has seen hundreds of artifacts – including dog tags and tank parts – stripped from graves in Demyansk, near Novgorod in Russia, and Kurland in Latvia.
The items end up for sale on websites or at specialist fairs while the bodies are dumped in mass graves.
Paul Reed, a military archaeologist, told The Times: “It’s wholesale looting of battle sites, and the bones are just tipped into holes at the end of the day.
“Second World War archaeology is in its infancy at the moment, and these people are destroying our future, as well as desecrating the graves of fallen soldiers. None of them deserved to have their bones dug up.”
Items have reportedly been offered at War and Peace, the biggest military fair in Europe, which takes place at Hop Farm, in Kent.
While the trade is outlawed in France and Germany, it is legal in the UK. And, of course, the US.
Collectors insist they are military historians rather than neo-Nazis who prefer to buy modern replicas.
I don’t care which specific kind of creep these people are – they still are ghouls. Especially the flavor who know damned well they’re buying from grave-robbers.