These Gemans were average Joe's who went to work every day
just like you and were conscripted into the army.
I am siding with the chaps at Nuremberg. If you knew about it and went along you are not innocent. This idea that following orders exonerates a person from crimes against humanity, war crimes, etc. has never held water and never will. If you are holding a gun you have no excuse.
If that memorabilia was a $19.99 "Nazi Youth Auto Knife" from CTD, he is at the very least an idiot, and probably a Nazi.
Don't be foolish and label this chap when you don't
know all the facts. Very sad story.
Unless he was in open rebellion against "the corrupt, communist. fascist, etc." regime of the United States; he was drunk and pointing a firearm at police officers. I judge him harshly.
If he was waging open rebellion, he should have gone with a K31 and all white snow gear. Way classier. John Brown agrees(we talk about this sort of thing regularly).