World War II is one of the most studied portions of human history. The decisions that were made by world leaders and implications of said decisions have been dissected by historians over and over so many times, it seems pointless at times to keep doing it. There are however, many lessons that can be learned from the events that took place before, during and after that tumultuous period in human history. Because of this, it isn’t really a shock that artifacts and memorabilia from that time period are prized possessions by many collectors and even governments around the world. There are entire museums all around the world dedicated to preserving these valuable pieces of human history. I personally love looking at old war relics. That’s why when my friend tipped me off to this story, I had to take a look. While vacationing in Italy, a man and his wife were introduced to the family of a man who had served in the Nazi regime’s feared SS division. While that is somewhat of a shock, it was nothing compared to what they were about to feel. They were taken in to a garage, and their jaws rightfully dropped to the floor. You won’t want to miss what they were shown!
I’m not sure whether this guy was still a Nazi, but he didn’t give much reason to think he wasn’t with some of the stuff he still had hanging up.
Whether or not he was though, this is still one amazing collection.
There is an abundant collection of helmets and hats.
It would be interesting to see how much some of these things would be worth at an auction.
This place really does have almost anything you could think of, even relics from the former Soviet Union. I hope those aren’t live grenades!
This stuff may be Nazi memorabilia, but it holds a very important place in history.
There is even a collection of different types of WWII boots!
Simple, mundane objects even have historical value, like a simple fork or cup that would have been used by soldiers.
You have to wonder how he acquired all these different items.
Some of these artifacts are beyond my comprehension. I have absolutely no idea what they do.
This looks like a collection of flashlights, lamps and other odds and ends.
That bust of Hitler would probably fetch a pretty penny to a collector. I’m always very curious as to what those things resembling bowling pins are. Possibly a stamp or seal of some sort?
Even more hats!
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