A group of men were expelled from a 1940s themed village fete in Sussex this week for dressing in Nazi uniforms. Although the men protested that they were merely living up to the fete's expectations by dressing in period clothes, the organisers were concerned that they may cause trouble and would disturb the other patrons.
One of the men, Rudolph Kittler, complained furiously about what had happened, saying that his rights had been violated. He said that he couldn't believe that people would be so intolerant of his fancy dress. He said, "This is the sort of thing I would expect in Nazi Germany, not in modern Britain. Of course, in Nazi Germany they wouldn't actually expel people from fetes for wearing Nazi uniforms, but I hope you get my point."
Organiser Jethro Crumb was unrepentant in his decision to evict the troublesome costume wearers. "If we let everyone come to a fete dressed in Nazi uniforms, it would be no better than Nazi Germany. As a fete organiser I believe I have a certain responsibility to stop that from happening."
It is not the first time that Nazi uniform wearers have come under fire. During a re-enactment of the Battle of Stalingrad in Dorking in 2013, Nazi uniforms had to be replaced with clown outfits to avoid offending the area's elderly Russian population.