but they really knew how to design a good coat. My coat is based on the german army design - the lapels can lie open as normal, but also button on the inside on both sides to form a smart double-breasted cold shield. The sleeves also have straps that button up tightly around the wrist.
I fuckin' love my coat.
Also on the subject of Nazis, I watched Downfall the other day, an excellent film based on the last days of Hitler and the Reich from eye witness accounts of Nazi clerical staff that worked in the command bunker.
It's so weird to juxtapose Hitler's normal human instincts of compassion for people he knows with his psychopathic hatred and condemnation of Jews and, eventually, of his own people.
Bruno Ganz was amazing in the lead role - it took me half the film to recognise that his face also belonged to the beatific, humanist angel character from Wings Of Desire.
While WWII was obviously a horrific scar on human history, it's also endlessly interesting to explore the experience of living through it from the endless different perspectives. From the persecuted Pianist, to the American Band Of Brothers, the English command and the Home Guard... it's unbelievable really, to have lived through times like that. And that last of the generation that lived through the war are dropping away now. I wish there was a way to hear their experiences first hand.