He also got a t-shirt at the time, to commemorate the event.
I never felt comfortable about having these in the house so they were put away in a box and left. With me leaving the country soon, I need to find a home for them. I thought donating them to a museum would be a good idea but despite several saying they might be interested, nobody has got back to me and now time is running out. I don't have flight tickets or any hard proof that my late husband was in Berlin at that time. Just an old t-shirt and my word for it. He's not able to provide evidence (obviously - scary if he could!) and I don't know if museums have a way of authenticating these pieces. No doubt the paint and barbed wire could be matched to known pieces.
Anyhow, if a museum in NZ doesn't want them then I want them to go to someone that recognises the history and will look after them. Maybe one day a museum might want them. To me, they just represent suffering and death. I don't like them. But I know there are collectors of such memorabilia out there.
I feel really uncomfortable with the idea of listing them on TradeMe. What do others think? Reminders of a horrible time in world history that should never be sold or items with curiosity value that should be made available to collectors? I've got too much emotional tie to them to think clearly about what to do with them. So please share your thoughts.