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    The National Socialist Style Christmas

    Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, 'Germanic' cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.

    The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler's Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition.

    Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German Christmas ornaments.

    She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration.



    Gold and silver Christmas tree baubles inscribed with Nazi and non-religious German iconography lying on swastika wrapping paper



    Food for thought: A swastika-shaped cookie cutter for the kitchen



    These Christmas tree decorations - shaped like a bomb, a hand grenade and an Iron Cross medal date from the First World War

    Selected objects from the family's enormous collection have gone on show at the National Socialism Documentation Centre in Cologne.

    'Christmas was a provocation for the Nazis - after all, the baby Jesus was a Jewish child,' Judith Breuer told the German newspaper Spiegel. 'The most important celebration in the year didn't fit with their racist beliefs so they had to react, by trying to make it less Christian.'

    The exhibition includes swastika-shaped cookie-cutters and Christmas tree baubles shaped like Iron Cross medals.

    The Nazis attempted to persuade housewives to bake cookies in the shape of swastikas, and they replaced the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas, who traditionally brings German children treats on December 6, with the Norse god Odin.

    The symbol that posed a particular problem for the Nazis was the star, which traditionally decorates Christmas trees.



    Civilians were encouraged to send patriotic Christmas cards to soldiers at the front



    The Iron Cross shaped Christmas tree decorations commemorate the start of World War One



    Recipes for Nazi and Germanic-themed breads and cakes

    'Either it was a six-pointed star, which was a symbol of the Jews, or it was a five-pointed star, which represented the Soviets,' Breuer said. It had to go.

    In the 1930s, the Nazis tried to change the ideology of Christmas. But when World War II started, the focus became more practical.

    Civilians were ordered to send Christmas cards to the soldiers at the front. There were also tips on how to make Christmas cookies in the face of food shortages.

    In 1944-1945, the Nazis tried to reinvent the festival once again as a day to commemorate the dead, in particular fallen soldiers. 'By then nobody felt like celebrating,' Breuer explained.

    Happily, t5he German people mostly ignored the clumsy propaganda efforts and continued with the same traditions as before.

    The is a legacy of the Nazi Christmas. The wartime version of the traditional Christmas carol 'Unto us a time has come' is still sung. 'The Nazis took out the references to Jesus and made it into a song about walking through the snow,' Breuer said.

    Surprisingly, German churches put up little opposition to the Nazification of Christmas. 'You would have expected them to protest loudly and insist that it was a Christian festival,' said Breuer. 'But instead they largely kept quiet, out of fear.'



    The Nazis felt they could exploit Christmas to bring the nation together behind the war effort
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...Christmas.html

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    I'm very late at finding this thread, but there are some cool things on it. I found these Nazi themed Christmas card images, but I suspect that some are counterfeit.















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    Thanks for re-finding this. Very interesting.


    and they replaced the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas, who traditionally brings German children treats on December 6, with the Norse god Odin.
    I find it ironic that Odin is considered a replacement, since Saint Nick's role in Christmas is entirely based on German tradition in which it was Wotan who flew over visiting houses. They would have been merely returning him to the position which Saint Nick usurped.

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    There is a lot of great stuff from this site!

    http://www.pzg.biz/stories_christmas_greetings.htm











    More:http://www.pzg.biz/stories_christmas_greetings.htm
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    Omnia risus et omnis pulvis et omnia nihil - HPL

    "Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about." - Willy Wonka

    “niemand bleibt hier” - Maria Orsic

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    This has to be the most rubbish piece of literally boulevard journalism I've ever seen. I little bit of research would do them good. .

    She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration.
    You can't turn a festival into something it had rightfully been for thousands of years. In virtually all IE cultures, there exists evidence of a celebration of a solstice festival around this time of year, hardly a new invention.

    Gold and silver Christmas tree baubles inscribed with Nazi and non-religious German iconography lying on swastika wrapping paper
    1) I fail to see what is so "Nazi" about the sun-wheel. Perhaps the dear journalist of the Daily Mail should look into some of their own English medieval churches and would find a Fylfot, never mind 8th century swastika Anglo-Saxon "Nazi" brooches. All this symbolised was the holiest of all Germanic signs.

    2) What they also conveniently leave out of the equation is that here, or anywhere within the wider German cultural area you hang all types of things, religious AND non-religious onto the tree. You'd have your angels and stars, but you'd also have your snowmen and other figures to do with the season rather than religion.

    Food for thought: A swastika-shaped cookie cutter for the kitchen
    Cool, I want one of those. That way, next year sun-wheel cookies will be in better shape.

    'The most important celebration in the year didn't fit with their racist beliefs so they had to react, by trying to make it less Christian.'
    Perhaps, they simply wished to cleanse it from the kitschy, pseudo-Christian edge it had taken, and attempted to make it more authentic.

    Here, the author of the newspaper article also plays with the fact that the festival is called "Christmas" in English. In German, it's called Weihnacht(en), which simply means "sacred night(s)".

    and they replaced the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas, who traditionally brings German children treats on December 6, with the Norse god Odin.
    Theories exist to either point towards Odin or Heimdall, fact is that Saint Nicholas was essentially "usurped" and a myth concocted from previous myth, potentially with the date added later out of "convience":

    That there be "presents" on December 6 is directly connected with the gospel: see the Parable of Talents (see Mt 25, 14-30 resp. Lk 19, 12-27), whilst it coincided with St. Nicholas' deathday some 300 years later (unknown which year, but December 6 is agreed).

    The Iron Cross shaped Christmas tree decorations commemorate the start of World War One
    The picture shown here is to 99.7% certainty a fake. More cheap journalism.

    Recipes for Nazi and Germanic-themed breads and cakes
    Yes, baking "Kindlein" (i.e. a small child, potentially even the Christ-Child?) is really evil and racist Nazi stuff, as is baking birds, they become a Reichsadler in the oven.

    There were also tips on how to make Christmas cookies in the face of food shortages.
    That they still cared for people being able to go through with the tradition of baking cookies should if anything be evaluated as a positive effort rather than a negative effort. I'm thus not exactly sure why this is mentioned.

    The is a legacy of the Nazi Christmas. The wartime version of the traditional Christmas carol 'Unto us a time has come' is still sung. 'The Nazis took out the references to Jesus and made it into a song about walking through the snow,' Breuer said.
    If it's since become a tradition and people happily sing it without the references to Jesus, why be so bothered about it?
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    This "Nazi Christmas" is much more traditional than the modern consumerist Christmas. I find it very interesting how national-socialism returned to the ancient traditions and meanings of the winter solstice without abolishing modern Christmas. They kind of pushed Christmas onto the ancient path on which it should be and revived the parts of it that were actually traditional in the sense of going back to the ancient and eternal meaning of winter solstice/Yule.

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    Various Images Of Nazi Christmas Cards


    (Note: This card is not authentic, but the picture is real.)

    The thumbnail of the above image was retrieved from:http://www.skepticfriends.org/forum/...&TOPIC_ID=7275









    The above four images were retrieved from:http://www.spiegel.de/international/...661161,00.html

















    The Above Eight Images Were Retrieved From This Web-Page:http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/weihnacht44.htm
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    Are the two ladies by any chance Jewish? That would explain a lot, for no matter how hostile Jews can be against Christianity the alternative always seem to frighten them more. What they prefer, for us, is materialistic atheism.

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