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Stash of Nazi daggers found in Hamburg

The Local · 13 Oct 2012, 09:29

Published: 13 Oct 2012 09:29 GMT+02:00

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The weapons were discovered Thursday in a van, the central customs office at the Hamburg port announced yesterday. They included replicas of honour daggers used during the Nazi period by various organizations.

Early investigations indicated that the weapons were produced in China and sent by ship to Hamburg, where they were then meant to be transported to and sold in Poland.

Importing such items to Germany is illegal, and the customs investigations department has taken over the inquiry into the matter, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported.

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14:57 October 13, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Produced in China. Now ain't that hypocritical. Just about anything will be manufactured in the worlds factory.
15:58 October 13, 2012 by bernie1927
They don't even look anything like the real McCoy. What were the Poles going to do with them?
19:26 October 13, 2012 by Englishted
Are you importing them to Germany if they are to be transported and sold in Poland ,just pondering the legal aspects of the discovery anyone throw any light?
21:27 October 13, 2012 by zeddriver

Two things seem strange. The one you pointed out. Were if they are only being transported through Germany. It would then seem to be legal. Although not a wise thing to do.

The other is. Doesn't Poland have a port?

Of course the Chinese transport companies ship may be operated by Ryanair. And Gdansk is actually GdanskHamburg docks.
22:16 October 13, 2012 by fritzefieselfein
@Englishted and zeddriver:

With the same logic you could transport illegal arms or drugs through Germany, just because they MIGHT be legal somewhere else.

If they are shipped through Germany, then Germany is the point of entry for the whole EU (customs wise) - which Poland is a part of. This means, everything that is imported into the EU via one of the German harbors, has to be properly declared and of course needs to be legal.

By the way: Selling Nazi goods and displaying the Swastika is illegal in several EU countries.
22:41 October 13, 2012 by zeddriver

I think your lederhosen is a little tight. Ease up.

I just forgot for a moment that the countries within the EU had given up their individual sovereignty and are ruled by committee from outside their borders.

In the US. Say California. Up until a few years ago. They had a higher standard for auto emissions. One can't buy a car in California that is bound for the other 47 contiguous states. As it didn't meet the California emissions standards. Yet it was fine to off load the ships bearing non California spec cars from Japan and transport them through California. Get it?
04:14 October 14, 2012 by HHayrider
@ zeddriver

The California Air Resources Board has their hands in everything now days. Even the refridgerator units on tractor trailers have to be CARB compliant. They have even complained about the methane gas given off by all of the dairy cows in the state.

It wont be long till they go after the hot rod cars, lawn mowers and BBQ grills. I would so trade everything here in CA to go back to Germany...
09:04 October 14, 2012 by Englishted

Even the weather ?, or a ship full of naughty knifes ?.
10:22 October 14, 2012 by blogboy
they are only knives whats the big deal.
17:29 October 14, 2012 by wethepeople2012
If they were made in China, then maybe they were bought in the 1 euro shop.
18:29 October 14, 2012 by waywed
Not sure what the fuss is about. You can legally buy genuine Nazi memorabilia in Germany - Flohmarkt for example.is it because they are fakes perhaps?
00:46 October 15, 2012 by HHayrider

Yea, even the weather and the naughty knives. They would make a good letter opener.
05:51 October 15, 2012 by rwk
@Englishted - it's Danzig, not Gdansk!
20:46 October 15, 2012 by LecteurX
@ zeddriver #6 - "I just forgot for a moment that the countries within the EU had given up their individual sovereignty and are ruled by committee from outside their borders. "

What committee? Do you mean the City of London and the headquarters of Standard and Poor's, Moody's and Fitch? You are quite right, but you'll find it's not just the EU countries that have thoroughly surrendered their sovereignty to these unaccountable bodies. Nevertheless, however much power these unelected "committees" wield over nations and democratically elected governments, they do not care much for the shipment or transit of fake daggers assembled by some faceless poor souls for a pittance in China.

Therefore I suspect, maybe wrongly, that in your comment you were not hinting to the almighty, all-knowing financial markets, but rather to the latest laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize. Am I right? Well, if it is the case, then may I suggest you refrain from giving the EU more bashing than it deserves (and it does deserve a lot of it indeed, Nobel Prize or not). Do you really think that it's because of EU regulations that Poland-bound cargo from China offloaded at Hamburg harbour needs to be declared to the authorities? If there was no EU and no free-trade, that would still be the case, possibly even more so.

Besides, according to none other document than the German Constitution, it is entirely illegal to "produce, stock, import or export objects which depict or contain symbols [of the 3rd Reich, NSDAP, etc ] for distribution or use domestically or abroad". It's written in the Country's bleedin' Constitution, yet you hint that the EU is to blame for Germany's moves to ensure that it's own Constitution is not violated within the national borders... That's odd. I don't know what the California State Constitution says about importing cars. I guess, though, the answer is: zero, which means that your comparison may not be relevant.

In the same reasoning, the EU has imposed an arms embargo on Syria, but the UN so far has not. Therefore, any sovereign non-EU country (like Russia) is absolutely allowed to sell weapons to Syria. When Turkey decides to stop Russian planes flying to Syria on suspicion of transporting weapons, who is to blame?

1. The EU?

2. The European Union?

3. The Eurocrats in Brussels?

4. The Turkish government?
22:38 November 5, 2012 by Interfides
@rwk - It's Gdańsk and not Danzig since 67 years now...
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