Visitors to a railway attraction's Second World War-themed weekend were banned from dressing up as Hitler or SS officers.Because a Second World War re-enactment party is the last place you’d expect to see people dressed as Hitler or the SS!
They were invited to don 1940s-style clothes, both British and German, for Severn Valley Railway's re-enactment yesterday and today.
But the Swastika, Nazi uniforms and Hitler impersonations were barred from the popular tourist draw in Worcestershire because organisers feared they would cause offence.
I’m confused. Did we win that war? Or not…? Perhaps I should have gone along to the event to find out:
The ban was introduced after someone turned up at a previous re-enactment dressed as the Fuhrer.And what happened?
The article didn’t say, but we can only assume some awful calamity (earthquake? rain of frogs? Gordon Brown surprise guest appearance?), to cause the organisers to fear a repeat.
Organiser Steve Fulcher said: "The public like to see both sides of the re-enactment and we do have people dressed in the uniforms of German soldiers.Oh, ffs..!
"But there were some pretty nasty things that went on in that war and we didn't want to cause offence to anybody who could still be offended by what happened."
That’s like organising a Sealed Knot re-enactment event and insisting no-one comes as Oliver Cromwell or King Charles I (depending on your preference).
Or a Tolkien afternoon where no-one is allowed to come as Saruman or an orc…
When did we fetishise the ‘not giving of offence’ to this degree? And the banality of that description of the events of WWII defies belief: “some pretty nasty things that went on in that war..”
Indeed there were, you little cretin. And if people like you had their way, they’d be airbrushed out of history, so as not to 'give offence'.
And what would happen then?