Nazi helmets for sale for 2006 World Cup
Tuesday, 10 January 2006
A company from Holland is selling replica Nazi helmets bearing pro-Dutch phrases in an attempt to ‘cash in’ on the German-Dutch rivalry going into this summer’s World Cup in Germany. The orange helmets, which cost $6, have Dutch flags printed on the side and bear slogans such as “Attack!” and “Go, Netherlands Go” in Dutch. Frank Huizinga of the Dutch Soccer Association is not a happy chap. “We reject every link between soccer and the war,” Huizinga said. “There are so many ways you can make a joke, but this is too obvious to be funny, it shows no creativity at all.”
Weno Geerts, of Free Time Products, the company selling the Nazi helmets, said critics should lighten up. “There’s no political message here,” Geerts said. “It’s just a joke. We’re making fun of Germans, just like they like to make fun of us.”

Free Time Products (World Wide Trading Company)
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Rabobank 1064.78.028
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Fields of Hate
HBO Network, USA

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