Hitler's Christmas party

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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These are photos from a 1941 Christmas party thrown by Hitler for his Generals as well as SS officers and cadets. I can't imagine how dreary it must have been. You certainly would have wanted to avoid drinking too much and making a social gaffe at that office party.

From the Mail Online article Hitler's Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941 which discusses the party and pictures:
The pictures from December 18, which have only just come to light, show Hitler and his generals at a party for SS officer cadets in Munich.

But the Nazi Christmas was far from traditional.

Hitler believed religion had no place in his 1,000-year Reich, so he replaced the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas with the Norse god Odin and urged Germans to celebrate the season as a holiday of the ‘winter solstice’, rather than Christmas.

Out of sight at the top of the tree behind Hitler was a swastika instead of an angel, and many of the baubles carried runic symbols and iron cross motifs. The remarkable pictures were captured by Hugo Jaeger, one of the Fuhrer’s personal photographers.


chuck said...

I wonder how many of those celebrants survived the war?

Luther said...

Assuming, and yes, I know the true meaning of the term, I would suspect less that 10%.

I've seen hints, here and there, but no complete treatise as yet on the genetic slaughter that WWI, WWII, imposed on Europe. Did it make a difference going forward, the loss, the overall loss of such stout men as were then.