Nov 15, 2010

German soldier impersonators on train spark historical debate

(Baltimore Sun) ... While playing out depictions of older wars from American history is generally not controversial, conflicts that are fresher present challenges and evoke strong emotions, according to those who have studied the topic.
"The re-enactment of battles from more recent wars like World War II and Vietnam, with some participants playing Nazis or Vietcong, has a different flavor," Jenny Thompson, the author of a book on 20th-century war re-enactors, wrote in The New York Times. "For real survivors, some whose memories are still raw, the safe historical distance collapses." Continued

Photo: Locomotive 734, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (MDRails)