That’s twice I’ve seen guys on my street wearing the Nazi iron cross.
The first was an office worker on lunch break. He was dressed in a handsome suit, but in place of a tie wore a heavy Nazi cross. He saw me staring, and he smiled. I think he thought it looked dapper. The second passed in a blur, but his iron cross was mounted in his suit like a boutonnière. But what’s an iron cross? Just an accessory, a small fashionable touch. It’s nothing like the full Korean nazis we’d met in Seoul.
But it’s a start.
I thought I’d take a glance at China’s top shopping site Taobao, and see what else I could find for the budding Beijing Nazi. (Tomorrow is, after all, Hitler’s 123rd birthday.)
The most popular is the must-have $12 Nazi iPhone4 cover, in your choice of slick distressed styles…
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Of course there was no end of generic $6 Nazi t-shirts and hoodies on offer.
But who wants those when you can dress in the style of the nouveau riche Nazi fashionista. All of these clothes were openly promoted as “Nazi Army Style” (纳粹军装). That’s right: the Nazi Army Spring and Summer 2012 Jacket, retro Nazi Army Uniform women’s belts, and even sexy Nazi Army Uniform zippered pants.
I was shocked to discover this totally hot double-breasted Adam Ant-style “Nazi Army Uniform Jacket” can be yours for just $30.
“They just think it looks cool?”
That’s funny, I said. In America it means ‘I hate Jews.’
She responded by saying, “Oh.” But Chinese Nazis don’t just look cool. They play cool, too, with these neat Nazi toys like Seig Heiling 1:6 scale Hitler action figures, 3.75″ Nazi special force soldiers, and 1:32 Nazi character playlets! Fun for the whole Chinese Nazi family!
For the Nazi bling fan, $7 Iron Cross rings and necklaces are everywhere.
But ultimately, perhaps the best purchase you could make would be a classy Nazi statuette. One artist offers a wide array — life-size copper Third Reich eagles, life-size Hitler busts, and even bronze Nazi grunts. I mean can you imagine one of these sitting on a mantlepiece, or a carved oak table?
Now that’s what I call class.