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26 December 2016 @ 10:55 pm
PITA!  
So I've pulled the German permissions, and put up one without a swaztika on the cover so it can legally be sold there . . . it wasn't as easy as I'd assumed, and I'll probably just pull them both and repost with the swaztika free cover. Sheesh! The things you never think of . . .
 
 
 
ekuah on December 27th, 2016 10:05 am (UTC)
forbidden Swastika
Sorry to complicate your book sales, but we are still very aware of our recent history here in Germany. And we still try to prevent those horrible times from happening ever again.
matapampamuphoff on December 27th, 2016 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: forbidden Swastika
Oh yes, and other nations take a different approach to dealing with problems.

I think that outlawing a symbol assumes the symbol has the power to control the unwanted thought processes. Here the issue is often the display of the Confederate flag and the presumed celebration of all the baggage associated with it.

Umm, this is where the phase "washing their dirty laundry in public" is applied to nations. We don't hide the symbol, we have screaming fights about the underlying principles in full view of the world.

Which leads to misunderstandings, or in my case blind spots, with international dealings.
ekuah on December 27th, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I guess that you misunderstood our law.
It's purpose is to prevent any trivializing of those crimes, that we keep the memory of those times without whitewashing.

It is that nobody should openly associate themselves with those Nazi villains without risking criminal prosecution. And that is not only limited to symbol, but all other kind of stuff which is associated with the fascists of the third Reich.

The swastika itself CAN be used in cases of:
civil enlightenment
art
science
research
teaching
or recently in cases where the symbol is clearly used to display opposition to
fascism

A.k.a. you can use it when you are saying 'fascism is bad' or 'those people who used that symbol are bad'

The casual usage without a clear anti-fascism-message can lead to a ban or court proceedings. Both things I would like to keep away from you.

P.S.
See the settling of the wild west. We as children played 'Cowboy and Indian'.
But in reality is was a brutal war with genocide.
We just don't want our children play 'Nazi and Jew' some day.
I hope you can understand our concerns.
matapampamuphoff on December 29th, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, I guess that you misunderstood our law.
I understand--and agree with--your concerns. It's just that we'd handle it differently.