Facebook has been asked to ban Nazi memorabilia from it's market place.
I want to make it very clear, I have no interest in owning that type of stuff and do not in any way condone or have any sympathy for the Nazis.
But here's my problem. Like it or not, the second world war is part of history and along with it, the Nazi war machine. There will always be people who find it interesting, even fascinating and who want to own part of history. There are hundreds - if not thousands of films and books produced chronicling the second world war including the rise and fall of the Nazis. Do we try and ban them? No.
Are we in danger of going over the top with this movement towards banning anything that seems to upset a sector of the community? Or should we just say, look, it's part of history, everyone understands it's an evil part, but it's not going away.
It's a bit like health and safety, unquestionably, it's done a superb job of cutting accidents drastically in the work place - particularly on building sites. But sometimes, it's definitely over the top. Is that where we are now with Nazi memorabilia?
There is an entire generation of people who were not alive when the Second World War Nazi atrocities were committed, and some of them are the people who are now buying the memorabilia that are the subject of this ban.
Lots of them probably don't understand the horror that attaches to the subject in the minds of those whose forebears were murdered by Nazis in what is referred to as The Holocaust, although some of them do and couldn't care less. They are certainly not buying Nazi souvenirs because they want to learn about history.
Feelings still run high, and as the BBC news item says, "There is no specific UK law preventing the sale of Nazi memorabilia, but most major auction houses and online shopping sites have policies preventing it."
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