WWII re-enactors: Our Nazi-themed party is basically the same as a ‘Star Trek’ convention

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:45 EDT
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A German restaurant in Minneapolis reportedly held a lavish dinner with costumes and decorations styled after the World War Two-era Nazi Party. The Minneapolis City Pages reported on an anonymous tip and accompanying photograph of men dressed as Nazis at the Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit restaurant, surrounded by Nazi flags.

A World War Two enactor named John Boorom explained the situation to City Pages, saying, “All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don’t typically have events going on in the winter. It’s just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it’s cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer.”

Likening the get-together to a “‘Star Trek’ convention,” Boorom said that no real neo-Nazis or “political racists” are allowed to join the group.

“If you wear a German uniform or a Nazi uniform, it’s not like you’re saying, ‘I think Hitler was super cool’ or ‘I hate Jews’ or ‘I hate gays’ or ‘I hate Democrats,’” said Boorom, owner of the Lakeville Barbers barber shop. “You’re not there because you believe in what Hitler stood for — you’re there to educate people about history, and a lot of that is so people don’t forget. It’s the same as wanting to be the bad guy when you’re playing cowboys and Indians. There’s an attraction to the bad side.”

[image of World War Two re-enactors via A_Lesik / Shutterstock.com]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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