World War II buffs shocked Britons over the weekend by parading in Nazi uniforms and flying swastikas in an event recalling the war.
The annual “Yanks” festival re-enacts life in Britain during the war, but this year’s event included Nazi-uniformed men, one of whom rode in a vehicle with an SS license plate and wore a senior SS uniform. Next to him was a woman brandishing a machine gun.
Jewish leaders and anti-fascism campaigners yesterday attacked the ‘disturbing’ event.
Mark Gardner, from the Community Security Trust that campaigns against anti-Semitic attacks, told the Daily Mail, “Most decent people - not only Jews – will be disturbed by the sight of people walking the streets in Nazi uniform and displaying swastikas. It’s sick”
The annual war event was inspired by the movee “Yanks,” which depicts the relationship between local communities and American soldiers stationed in area bases during the war.
"As such you might expect to see festival goers dressed as U.S. soldiers, locals in 1940s civvies and a few British service personnel on leave,” local resident John Brooks told the newspaper. “There is no place for German uniforms. I cannot understand why anyone would want to wear a German uniform. I do not want to see it in my town.”
Germany and France have outlawed displaying the swastika, but Britain allows it.
This year’s event was not the first time it was marred by Nazi symbols. Two years ago, police were called after a pub owner dressed up in an SS uniform.