As most of the remarks could be seen to apply to me Mike - I'll enter into the fray - knowing full well that these words will be cut and pasted and analysed on German fora - Fora which are increasingly closing their doors to observers and becoming members only affairs - Signs of paranoia? I'd say so. Good signs to the Authorities? I'd say not. Having the appropriate background I'd inform those who think making forums closed affairs do not protect them from prying eyes. The Authorities will read them with as much ease as before. And that's not an attempt to instill fear - (Some Germans are doing a very good job on that score already) it's information and a warning to continue to conduct yourselves in a lawful manner. Hiding is not a good idea. It enforced the notion that there is something to hide. Openness and transparency are good things. But not something I've EVER seen in the German scene.
It is good to know that you have no personal problem with Waffen SS reenactment and it may be juristically allowed in Germany. You are going to discuss this with a judge - Would that be Tom Scholle? Perhaps it would be pertinent also to discuss the deactivation of weapons in Germany too. I am sure a piece of tissue does not effectively have the desired effect. Mind if one looks down the barrel it will make it appear blocked.
In re-enactment everywhere - many people have skeletons in their closets and throwing stones may not be a good idea when either living in or standing close to a glass house.
It is mentioned above that Brit's seem to be "Meddling" in German affairs from abroad. Perhaps what gives Brits the right to discuss things over there in Germany are the facts that German reenactors like Dietrich blame the UK scene for damaging their reputation by allowing Waffen SS impressions at public events. Or people like "Blumenteufel" or "Cheffahrer" on the WK2 reenactment forum, ripping posts from this Pst!forum apart whenever they can. Or is it simply the fact that some arrogant twats try to impose their "rules" on others, when the german constitution preaches the right on free will and free speech as long as the laws are respected? I have no real answers - I know my "meddling" started as a genuine attempt to help foster a scene in Germany that could reach out and benefit Germans, Europeans and British alike.
I mean - it is interesting to note that recent media reports in Germany have clearly quoted from German forums and even the odd quote from the PST! forum.
They have even used a photo that was obviously taken from a reenactment forum in Germany, I believe the owner of the photo is considering legal action.
No wonder then that Volker has closed his forum to "guests", as now only registered members can read.....will Hoover follow this example?
On the German forum last Friday you could read the following by Cheffahrer (Willi Fuchs):Gerüchte sprechen von einem "illegalen" Waffenhändler, der unter anderem auch scharfe Waffen verkauft
haben soll, bis ihm die Fahnder dahinter gekommen sind. Bei einer Razzia wurde auch die Kundenkartei
mitgenommen und jeder Kunde darf nun mit "Besuch" rechnen.
Auch in unserer Nachbarstadt wurden bei einem Sammler ca. 200 Waffen und Munition beschlagnahmt!
Translation for Non German Speakers:Rumours tell of a further "illegal" weapons dealer who supplied collectors with non-deacts.
During a raid his list of customers fell into police hands, so we can expect more house searches.
In a town near by another collection of 200 weapons and ammunition was confiscated.
This to me proves that the big debates about forbidden symbols, swastikas etc, was just a big smokescreen
all along. It never was the question of runes breaking the German reenactment scenes neck,
it will be the question of hoards of illegal weapons! The police are busy, I bet the reenactors are busy too! With shovels!!!!!
It's all chaos over there and is being whipped up by headless chickens from what I see. For the time being there are no answers - There is no real strategy and there is certainly no cohesion. There is still the little cabal trying to protect its own arse and keep the position it perceives it has. Mike - I think you're on a hiding to nothing - Really, apart from geographical location you have no more right or influence to do anything than I have....... I wouldn't risk losing friends and allies over it. Just carry on enjoying your weekends and plough your own furrow until the storm has passed. Mind you - I will add - it's different over here. We welcome ex pat Germans, visiting Dutch, Belgian, French, Spanish, US, Canadian, Swedes, Finns, you name it in fact - into our ranks and we not only make them welcome - we embrace some of their thinking......... it truly fleshes out our scene and makes us one of the liveliest and vibrant out there.
Maybe you see this as insulting, facetious and rude - Maybe not - but I bet it gets ported over and over analysed. Strange that in a negative way my words have so much weight. Perhaps if some people were willing to give some of the ideas a go - such as having left Fallingbostel the hell alone - things could be different and progress? Think about this angle - IF and I say IF, some people hadn't immediately started telephoning Kevin and "advising" him....... IF they had sat back, watched, not interfered and let the event go ahead. Then MAYBE there would have been a precedent upon which to base further developments. Now we will never know because stupid tiny minded people poisoned it and killed it. Had Fallinbostel been a success with no trouble, it could have been held up as an example of how things can be done and what is permissible. Anyone genuinely wanting growth and having no real, personal objection to runes would have gone for that. Instead it was strangled, stabbed and as I say poisoned. It was not allowed to go on and the organiser put under so much unfair and unwarranted pressure as to cause him great personal distress. I hope the perpetrators are proud of themselves for having caused that. So now you will never know if it would have been closed down, caused a media storm and perhaps finalised the question of SS runes in Germany. No - to the benefit of the scaremongers, liars and charlatans, the myth perpetuates. No progress made.
I don't think you'll last long on here Mike as a crusader for German re-enactment. There is no trust in what most of your camp say any more. There is little interest save from the likes of me and I've had my balls chopped off in the matter because the "opposition" is too deeply entrenched. All you will get is my diatribes and the odd piss take from such users as the Rt Hon Herr Meyer (who incidentally is from Lancashire so please excuse him) In fact if I get bored and stop answering you'll be shouting into the void. I am inclined to let Germany stew in its own juices because from what I've seen and in good owd Yoksha vernacular - "They couldn't run a tap"
Riight - I'm off to put some puddings in because as you will probably remember - half two is Sunday dinner over here. Alsithi.
Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness