Sending a card with WWII themed stamps To Germany

This is a question for Postcrossers from Germany and other countries that were on the “wrong” side of history:
How would you react if you received a postcard with a stamp commemorating World War II? I live in Canada, and I have some of these stamps that I want to use for postcards. Since basically every other or third postcard I send typically ends up in Germany, I just want to know if it is okay to use them for cards sent to Germany, or if I should reserve their use for other countries.

Thanks!
Leo

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I’ve done many swaps with German Postcrossers with WWII postcards & stamps & been asked regularly by them for swaps for these items.

Many people like to see all the history of WWII reflected in their postcard & stamps collections as we are now almost 80 years past those important events.

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Native German here. I would estimate that 99.5% of German postcrossers would have absolutely no problem with those stamps (and an additional 0.4% is just so anti-war in general that they’d rather not receive such stamps). In fact, Germany frequently issues stamps commemorating WW2, especially those fighting against Nazis. One of the more recent ones was in honor of Sophie Scholl.
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Makes sense! In that case they’d probably interpret it as a one commemorating the fight against National Socialism. Good to know!

I am not a stamp collector, but I still look at the stamps on a card and am always pleased when these stamps have humanistic significance.
And a stamp commemorating World War 2 and the victims would definitely count towards that.
Such a stamp from Canada would especially please me personally, as my father was a prisoner of war in your country.

And as @sannah82 already wrote, I also think that most of the German users would probably not object to the stamp.

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Can you post a picture of the stamps here?

For me, it depends on the motive. I would be okay with it if the stamp depicts Sophie Scholl for example. But if it explicitly shows “war images”, which includes war planes and such, then I would highly dislike the stamp. If the stamps even show symbols prohibited by german law (f. e. §86, §86a StGB), the cards might be kept by the postal service or they might take legal action.

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I have to agree with you.

When I wrote my answer, I assumed that a stamp commemorating WW2 would not show images of war.
But if that is the case, I would rather not see such a stamp on my postcard.

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The UK like Canada has Remembrance Poppy Stamps,
Royal Mail usually has at least one Military themed stamp set each year (they usually recycle between the Army, Airforce and Navy) as there has always been a close connection between the Armed Forces and the Postal Service here.

Initially reluctant for reasons above

…but I have sent postcards to Germany using the Remembrance Poppy stamps and they have all been well received either in Hurray’s or on the forum.

After all it’s their poppy too! German Soldiers also fell on these Battlefields where these poppies now grow.


However I have a selection of Postcards gifted by a friend who is interested in Aviation but not really into Postcrossing.
He gifted me some postcards depicting aircraft of WW2, most are just the aircraft, but some show Airbattles, one of which is Luftwaffe ME109 being shot out the sky, these types of postcards I’m not comfortable in sending (or recieving for that matter) and these will remain in my personal collection.

I have military themes listed in my profile, and I like Ceremonial Military Uniforms and War Memorials, and 90% of postcrossers who send me military postcards and stamps acknowledge this, however there are always a few who send the more darker and gory sides of conflict.

The Irony in my early days of Postcrossing, one of my first maxicards was commemorative stamps of the Battle of Sevastopol between Soviet and German forces. A pretty gruesome postcard.

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I cannot remember any German WWII stamps. Peace or resistance against the Nazis, but not WWII.

I do not like cards or stapms or cards that glorify war or heroes!

I think it’s okay in general. But I think it always depends on the interests of the person who will receive a card.
For example, I am interested in history, nationally and internationally, and would therefore be happy to receive such a card/stamp. It fits in perfectly with my interests in the collection.
Someone who is not necessarily interested in German history could possibly come across differently than planned.

This is the intrnational section of the forum, please write in English!

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I just sent these exact ones on a card to Germany last week. I think they’re fine, but I did recently have the same question you did.

Seeing the stamps, I would prefer not to recieve them. However, that is just my opinion, and I’m interested what other people think?

Well, obviously there wouldn’t be any war or war effort glorifying stamps printed in Germany post 1945, but there were a bunch of stamps in 1995 commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz and end of WW2 depicting war scenarios. But all under a “never forget!” premise … Like this one: BUNDESREPUBLIK 1995 Block 31, Postfrisch, 50 J. Beendigung des 2. Weltkrieges | eBay

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Thanks! I have never seen those before.

Thank you for posting a picture of the stamps.
Now that I see them, I have to revise my previous opinion.
These motives are not necessarily what I had in mind for a commemorative stamp and I would not necessarily wish them.
If they were stuck on a card, I wouldn’t burst into cries of joy - I would notice them and then simply pay no further attention (just as I do with many stamps where I don’t like the motive.)
So if you ever draw my address, you can use this stamp - I won’t be extra happy about it, but I won’t complain either :wink:

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Australia is the same, (stamps and maxicards) with ANZAC Day. This year was for the Vietnam War:
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Last year was, funny enough, postal themed. I really enjoyed the kookaburras in their service hats:

Usually not images of actual battles or battlefields depicted, though there were a few a couple of years ago with the commemoration of WWI that I was very specific about who I sent them to.

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