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Dress Made From Nazi Flag Reveals Owner’s Past as Spy
MSNBC ^ | 9/26/2011 | Scott Stump

Posted on 09/26/2011 4:30:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway

At the climax of World War II, a symbol of hate — a Nazi flag — was transformed into a dazzling red dress for a female secret agent. A gift from a lost love, today it is helping brighten the twilight of her life.

When 91-year-old Beatrice Jackman put the dress up for auction recently, her colorful background at last came to light, along with the fascinating story behind a romantic memento she had carefully preserved for 66 years. And all because she needed a big-screen TV.

Symbol of hate, symbol of love

The saga of the dress begins at the climax of World War II, when Jackman’s fiance, an American soldier named Parsons, stole a Nazi flag from a balcony of the Reichstag building in Berlin. Arriving with it in a Mercedes stolen from Nazi leader Hermann Goering, the young major gave it to Jackman as a romantic gesture. The flag was made of high-quality cotton — a rare commodity during the war. Backman had the swastika removed from the flag and took the remaining red fabric to a dressmaker, who crafted it into a scoop-necked gown. Decked out in dazzling red, she wore the dress regularly to parties celebrating the end of the war.

Jackman had more reasons than many to celebrate the Allies’ victory in vivid style, because she had spent the war fighting Nazism from the shadows. Her career as a secret agent began where she grew up: in Denmark, where she delivered government messages on her bicycle as a teen-ager.

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TOPICS: History; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: fashion; nazi; nazireddress; worldwarii

1 posted on 09/26/2011 4:30:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 09/26/2011 4:36:59 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: nickcarraway

What a story!


3 posted on 09/26/2011 4:39:51 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow!


4 posted on 09/26/2011 4:44:40 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf

You two still have the fohole pinglist handy?


5 posted on 09/26/2011 4:50:55 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: nickcarraway

How did Parsons, an American GI, end up in the middle of Berlin at the climax of the war? My understanding is that during the Battle of Berlin when the Russians stormed the city, there were NO American troops there. Something here does NOT compute.


6 posted on 09/26/2011 4:58:32 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Pay to Play Cabal Cafeteria now serving oatmeal muffins)
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To: nickcarraway
Sorry, but I'm not buying at least some of the details. Berlin had been in Soviet hands for two months before the Americans, British and French were allowed to move into their occupation zones in July, 1945. It's hard to believe that a swastika flag as big as this one must have been would have been left to dangle from a Reichstag balcony for two months.

This is what the Reichstag looked like at the end of the war:


7 posted on 09/26/2011 5:01:20 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: nickcarraway
an American soldier named Parsons, stole a Nazi flag from a balcony of the Reichstag building in Berlin.

No, you twisted freaks at MSNBC. It was a spoil of war and a trophy. He deserved ever fiber of it.

8 posted on 09/26/2011 5:02:05 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf

Err.. that should read as “Foxhole”... me an my typos..


9 posted on 09/26/2011 5:07:12 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
Agreed that there is a disconnect.

But the lady's life story shouldn't be tarnished by either fading memories or typically lax reportage.
(After all - a "stolen Mercedes" and the Reichstag sound a lot more newsworthy than "a jeep and a flag found in a retreating divisional headquarters".)

I hope the lady enjoys her soaps for many years to come.

10 posted on 09/26/2011 5:12:53 PM PDT by norton
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

You are CORRECT. As far as I know there were NO American GI’s in Berlin during the final assault by the Soviets. I’m thinking this story is the result of POOR fact checking on the part of MSNBC. When you have little knowledge of history, you will let a dubious story like this get by. Meanwhile MSNBC declines to even report on the glaring FACTS of the ATF Fast & Furious scandal.


11 posted on 09/26/2011 5:13:49 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Pay to Play Cabal Cafeteria now serving oatmeal muffins)
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To: nickcarraway
"Arriving with it in a Mercedes stolen from Nazi leader Hermann Goering"

Not piling on here, but I'm pretty sure Goering wasn't anywhere near Berlin at the end of the war either. He spent his final days far away from Berlin in a bunker, until Hitler had him arrested for suggesting that he take command. What are the chances he would have an abandoned Mercedes left sitting around intact?

12 posted on 09/26/2011 5:22:09 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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This story is obviously PHONY starting with the idea that an American GI was in Berlin when it was being stormed by the Soviets. I call BULL on this story and am amazed by the historical ignorance of the NBC reporters.


13 posted on 09/26/2011 5:26:51 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Pay to Play Cabal Cafeteria now serving oatmeal muffins)
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To: PJ-Comix

Anybody here know where I could find video of this Today show story?


14 posted on 09/26/2011 5:41:38 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Overseer shall promulgate rules for party conduct)
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To: PJ-Comix

In the story, he took the flag from a balcony in September 1945. Just what he was doing there, and what the flag was still doing there months after the war ended, I don’t know. She didn’t get the flag until months after the war ended and there may have been some embellishment about where it came from. Clearly, the US officer didn’t get the flag from the Reichstag “before it was turned into ruins.”


15 posted on 09/26/2011 5:45:20 PM PDT by x
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To: PJ-Comix
Reminds me of another story here a couple of years ago, with a guy claiming to have a clock he got from a guy who took it from Hitler's bunker.
16 posted on 09/26/2011 5:47:02 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: x
In the story, he took the flag from a balcony in September 1945.

Which the allies allowed to fly months after the war ended? Sorry, I'm not buying it.

17 posted on 09/26/2011 5:52:50 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Overseer shall promulgate rules for party conduct)
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To: PJ-Comix

Now if it was September, 1944 and he swiped a flag from a Reichstag balcony and boosted Goering’s car, THAT’S a story.


18 posted on 09/26/2011 5:57:31 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: nickcarraway

Great post. Thanks.


19 posted on 09/26/2011 5:58:28 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set up Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: nickcarraway

She may believe her story. The American GI (if there was one, they aparently never married) perhaps told a tall tale to impress the then young lady. In any event, it was probably from a real Nazi flag during the war. A Soviet flag would have been just as good.


20 posted on 09/26/2011 6:04:15 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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There were quite a few SOE agents in the area mentioned. It is possible the officer was in the OSS. If so, they were in areas few people knew about. The story may have happened, just the location was different. It is only recently, that the SOE released any type of records at all. A lot of records are still sealed. I would imagine it would be the same for the OSS. The Governments of the US and England still does not want to put all the information out there.


21 posted on 09/26/2011 8:22:28 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: PJ-Comix; Bubba Ho-Tep; norton

Could Parsons have possibly been OSS? Shouldn’t you at least consider this. As far as I know, some OSS agents were in Berlin all during the war.


22 posted on 09/26/2011 11:11:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Grey Eagle

I hadn’t seen your post, but I came up with a similar scenario.


23 posted on 09/26/2011 11:13:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: FreeAtlanta

Excellent catch.

A typical lapse of reverence for those that grant freedom.


24 posted on 09/26/2011 11:21:55 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Dr. Sivana
(if there was one, they aparently never married)

Read the whole article. It says he died of pneumonia 4 months before they were to be wed.

25 posted on 09/26/2011 11:27:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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Of course if she escaped to Sweden in 1943 when things got to hot for her as a spy, that makes her having an American fiance at the end of the war a bit curious too. I wonder how they authenticated the material in the dress.


26 posted on 09/26/2011 11:51:30 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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Of course if she escaped to Sweden in 1943 when things got to hot for her as a spy, that makes her having an American fiance at the end of the war a bit curious too.

That's what makes me think that he may have been OSS.

27 posted on 09/27/2011 11:34:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I like many, love WW2 history.

A bit off topic, but recently caught a gem of a movie.

Max Manus, Man of War

Norwegian film, about one of their resistance leaders. Two thumbs up.


28 posted on 09/27/2011 11:44:23 AM PDT by Professional
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To: nickcarraway

RIght that would make the fiance being OSS not surprising. It is just a bit surprising they stayed together after she split, but you never know.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 8:55:50 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: Darksheare; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it
Err.. that should read as “Foxhole”... me an my typos..

Drink more coffee.

30 posted on 09/27/2011 9:00:21 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: nickcarraway

The dress was sold at auction for a fair amount of money. I’m sure a dress made from a flag “stolen from the Reichstag” is worth more than a dress made from a bolt of flag material stolen from a warehouse.

Provenance is a big deal in setting the price of something historic. She got $3200 for it because the dress is pretty and her personal history isn’t challenged. The fabric is probably consistent with other Nazi flags and I’m sure there is some expert who can tell you all about it.

Some of my best family stories told to me by elder members of my family are a bit shakey when looked at objectively.


31 posted on 09/28/2011 3:03:44 AM PDT by Belasarius (Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:2-7)
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