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Eva Braun’s ‘panties’ up for sale in US

A thrift shop in Ohio claim they have the authentic underwear of Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun. The asking price? $7,500.

Eva Braun's 'panties' up for sale in US
Adolf Hitler with wife Eva Braun. Photo: DPA.

The high-waisted, salmon-colored, lace-trimmed French silk underwear are on display in a glass case at the Mantiques shop in Elmore, Ohio, listed at a price of $7,500, according to The Daily Beast.

Embroidered with the initials “EB”, the undergarment is reported to have belonged to Hitler's wife Eva Braun, says the shop's owner.

“They’re first rate: the fabric, embroidery and monogramming, the sewing of the button,” manager Ernie Scarango told The Daily Beast. “Not everyone has Eva Braun’s underwear.”

Scarango said he was tipped off about the existence of the lingerie ten years ago and decided it would make a nice “conversation piece” for the store.

An auction was selling off hundreds of silverware, watercolour paintings by Hitler and other personal items that had supposedly been taken by Allied soldiers when they captured the Nazi party “Eagle's Nest” headquarters and Hitler's Berghof residence in the Bavarian Alps, Scarango was told.

The man who had acquired the knickers for the auction was Charles Snyder, a retired Air Force major who served in both Vietnam and Korea and owns his own online military memorabilia shop, Snyder's Treasures.

Snyder said that years ago, he had met a man named D.C. Watts, who told Snyder he had been in the 1945 liberation of the Nazi headquarters with the 506th Infantry. Watts told Snyder that he and a friend found a series of tunnels under Hitler's home leading to a hotel with boxes and boxes of Hitler and Braun's possessions and shipped them to the US.

Snyder eventually purchased all of the contents within those trunks, including many pieces of Braun's lingerie.

Whether the panties actually belonged to Braun is still up for debate. And Scarango told The Daily Beast that even if someone buys the story, it probably wouldn't be enough to actually buy the underwear.

“They’ll stick ’em in my casket when I die,” he said. “Are you kidding me? Who’s going to spend $7,500 for a pair of Nazi panties? If someone offered me the asking price of course I’d sell, and then I’d take them upstairs and make breakfast for them.”

NAZI

Authorities weigh criminal charges on German churches with Nazi bells

Prosecutors in the central German state of Thuringia are deliberating on whether to bring charges against several churches in the region that continue to use bells inscribed with Nazi insignia.

Authorities weigh criminal charges on German churches with Nazi bells
A Nazi-era bell hangs in the bell-tower at a church in Herxheim am Berg. Photo: DPA

The bells, which were installed in the lead up to and during the outbreak of the Second World War, feature a number of reminders of the Nazi regime including swastikas and Third Reich slogans.

The unidentified concerned resident who brought the criminal complaint alleged that attempts had been made to contact the churches directly for some time to have the bells removed, but had been ignored. 

Erfurt’s Mittledeutscher Rundfunk reported that a criminal complaint was brought on Tuesday against Ilse Junkermann, the state bishop of the Evangelical Church in the region. 

The complaint alleges the existence of six bells across five churches in the state of Thuringia bear Nazi insignia. Although the bells are not accessible to the public, they remain in continuous use. 

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While there are no publicly available photos of the bells, media reports suggest that they contain a number of engraved inscriptions illustrating ties to the Nazi party.

Thüringen 24 reported on Wednesday that the bells are embossed with the inscription “Cast in the second year of national elevation (nationalen Erhebung) under the Führer and Chancellor Adolf Hitler” which is placed next to a swastika. 

Regardless of whether or not the criminal charges go ahead, authorities have announced a plan to hold a series of talks in April regarding the existence of the bells and whether or not they should have the insignia removed or be replaced completely.

Representatives of the Jewish community in the region have been invited to attend the talks. 

Nazi symbols including the swastika are banned across Germany. Under Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) 86a, “symbols of unconstitutional organizations” – which include Nazi symbols – are banned unless they are used in an educational, scientific or research context. 

While the continued use of the bells may be in contradiction of the constitution, their removal may also pose problems for adherence to laws safeguarding the preservation of historical monuments. 

23 'Nazi bells' remain in use in Germany

Der Spiegel estimated that 23 bells with Nazi insignia remain in use in churches across Germany. In addition to Nazi insignia, the bells have been embossed with slogans indicative of the time.

A bell in Mehlingen, near Kaiserslautern, from 1933 is inscribed with “Born in the Third Reich” while another in Baden-Württemberg says it was “Cast in the year of greater German unification” referring to Germany’s annexation of Austria. 

Last year, several German news outlets reported on the so-called “Hitler-bell” in the village of Herxheim am Berg in Rhineland-Palatinate. The bell, which shows Nazi insignia and contains the phrase “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler”, is over 80 years old and remains in regular use. 

SEE ALSO: Church's 'Hitler bell' strikes duff note in tiny German town

In a vote of ten to three, the councillors decided to keep the bell, arguing that it would serve as a force for reconciliation and as a reminder of the injustices of the Second World War. 

Herxheim mayor Georg Welker told the media that it was better that the bell remained in the church – where it was not accessible to the public – rather than “hanging in a museum where someone could stand in front of the bell and take a selfie”. 

 

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