German visitors to a Yorkshire village were horrified when they were greeted by locals dressed as SS officers.
The visitors, from Hamm, a twin city of Bradford, were guests of the city council.
As part of their tour, councillors took them to picturesque Haworth which welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists every year as the home of the Brontë sisters.
But as the guests were being shown around Charlotte, Emily and Anne's old stomping ground, they came across three men dressed in the Nazi uniforms.
"I could not believe what I was seeing," said one of the visitors. "It was an absolute disgrace and would never be allowed in Germany.
"After all, what on Earth have the Nazis or the SS got to do with Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre? Gotten himmel! No amount of stupid modern literary revisionism will make me believe Charlotte was a proto-fascist."
An apologetic Haworth official explained that the men were taking part in a '1940s Nostalgia Festival,' and although organisers discouraged the wearing of swastikas and other Nazi symbols, they were unable to prevent people using them.
"There are some very strange people out there," she added.