During World War II, an estimated 12 percent of the American population served in the armed forces. Many soldiers returned with Nazi artifacts like swastika-emblazoned armbands, helmets, or medals from the Third Reich; spoils of war stolen as reminders of the battles they had just fought.
By Sarah Emerson | MOTHERBOARD
Now, two weeks after the presidential election of Donald Trump—a figure who successfully galvanized groups of white supremacists—descendants of these soldiers are more than eager to rid themselves of the Nazi memorabilia that lay hidden in forgotten footlockers and attics.
According to the Virginia Holocaust Museum, one of the several educational institutions dedicated to the most horrible atrocities of World War II, donation offers from owners of Nazi artifacts have quadrupled since Trump’s election.
“Kids or grandkids are going through their attics, finding this stuff and thinking to themselves, “Oh, we really need to do something with this,’” Tim Hensley, director of collections at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, told me in a phone call.