At one point are you fetishizing it? I've played German armies in Flame of War. Usually Wehrmacht; the common soldiers. At first I did it because I thought they had the cool tech and rules where solid. It helped that due to their elite status I could build the army on the cheep. If I had the opportunity to do it again, I probably wouldn't build a German army. Having though about it, even just the common German solider fighting for the Nazi's is too problematic for me. Still, back then I sometimes wondered about people who play SS armies in FoW. Of all the units and all the armies in the whole of WWII, why that one? OK, you like Tiger tanks. Aren't there like 8 other lists that use them that are just regular army?
Anyway, I wasn't going to make a stink until I saw this post from Warlord games on TTGN.
It's totally not a political statement to sell swag with swastikas on them apparently. I guess symbols magically loose all meaning at the 70 year mark. Or if you have a problem with it, you're just some PC liberal whiner. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration of his point. What's more troubling is the apologetic's behind allowing it. Because Rome and Communist Russian were bad, then it's OK to display Nazi symbols. If anything that's an argument that you shouldn't be slapping any of these symbols on things you're selling for a profit.Afternoon gents,This was always going to be something of an emotive product but we would rather give our customers the options to buy the very items they have been asking us to produce than pretend these symbols didn’t ever exist.Is the swastika a symbol of a tyrannical regime that visited death upon millions be they armed or otherwise? Most certainly. However, we didn’t receive the same reaction to the Soviet dice bag and I’m sure we all agree that the Soviet union had a similar record. Come to think of it the Romans weren’t angels yet plenty of Roman re-enactors, etc. The Waffen-SS were fanatical and responsible for an atrocity or two yet they prove extremely popular subjects for wargames armies. Where do you draw the line? In the end that is up to each one of us to decide.,Ultimately this comes down to you the customer and your own ideals. If you find the image less than savoury or distasteful then please don’t buy it. For many, this is merely a symbol of the army they choose to wargame with and nothing more. For those players, we have produced this dice bag. It is not intended as a political statement but as a receptacle for your 6-sided gaming dice that follows the theme of the army of toy soldiers you choose to play with.As this is only available via our webstore it will be up to the individual to decide whether they wish to add this to their wargaming collection or not. It won’t sit on store shelves or be thrust upon the unwary at shows. Any questions of legality or morality falls firmly with the customer – we do not presume to tell anyone what they should or should not buy. We are aware that in Germany the Swastika is banned but, like our other dice bags, it will not be made available to retailers and therefore not pose a problem.We fully appreciate that this will not be everyone’s cup of tea, just as political correctness isn’t pleasing for others. Please take this for what it is – a dice bag for playing games with model soldiers.Cheers,Paul Sawyer
You also shouldn't be able to hide behind "giving your customers what the want" when what they want is so freaking problematic. I'd rather go broke than cater to the Nazi fetish demographic. You can be a historical wargamer and even play WWII Germans without ever displaying a swastika. That little bit of historical inaccuracy is worth it to not even be accidentally associated with a genocidal fascist regime.
It's products and apologetics like this that give closeted racist assholes cover to fly their racist freak flags in public. It's either that or they're ignorant of what that symbol means to people. Either way, not good. Why would you want to own something with that symbol? It's short-hand for hatred and genocide.
Play one of these divisions instead.