new-cpdinnerlogo-560-560x357Dressed in SS uniforms and surrounded by Nazi flags, members of a World War II reenactment group attended a Third Reich-themed Christmas dinner last December at a Minneapolis restaurant, City Pages reported. The organization has held the event for 16 years running, the last six of which were at the Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit restaurant, a participant at the event said. “All of the German [reenactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don’t typically have events going on in the winter,” Jon Boorom, a member of the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society Inc said. “It’s just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it’s cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer.” Boorom maintained the event was like “a Star Trek convention but for WWII enthusiasts” and was unrelated to any neo-Nazi activity or political affiliation. The society does extensive background checks on members to ensure they have no racist or anti-Semitic views, he said. MORE