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Forest Swastikas Nazi Mystery Survives Even Chainsaws

Forest Swastikas Nazi Mystery Remains For Decades Even After Chainsaws

Forest swastikas are no joke in Germany.

Apparently standing for decades, the forest swastikas have presented a Nazis mystery that has stood the test of time, and of chainsaws.

Ökoland Dederow discovered the forest swastikas in 1992 while searching aerial photographs for irrigation lines. What he found astounded him. What he discovered was that a grouping of yellow-colored larches set against the green-colored pines made the distinct pattern of the Nazis symbol, the swastika.

Investigators hired a plane to survey the area once again and, sure enough, the forest swastikas were confirmed to be about 200 by 200 feet, standing out starkly against the landscape. Visiting the site on foot, they measured the trees and concluded the forest swastikas were planted in the 1930′s.

The forest swastikas mystery only has rumors as a lead for why the trees were planted to honor the Nazi regime. One local farmer claims a forester paid him a few cents per seedling to plant the trees. Some believe a nearby village may have created the forest swastikas has a sign of loyalty to the Nazis after one of their own was taken to concentration camps. Another forest swastikas rumor claims a local Nazi leader commemorated Hitler’s birthday with the planting. The most benign rumor says the forest swastikas were simply planted as a sign of thanks to the Reich Labor Service for building a street.

Such forest swastikas commemorating the Nazi regime are apparently not unique in Germany. There was apparently a time when making such symbols was “a fad among National Socialist foresters.” Besides the swastika, one forest has the year “1933″ built into it.

Whatever its true origins, Neo-Nazis have been flocking to the forest swastikas. Needless to say, Germany’s officials didn’t like this reminder of their history written all over the landscape, so, in 2000, they allowed 25 of the 150 trees comprising the forest swastikas to be cut down.

Do you think the forest swastikas should be cut down, or should Germany use them as historical monuments to remind the people of history?

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17 Responses to “Forest Swastikas Nazi Mystery Survives Even Chainsaws”

  1. Razooka Joe

    Maybe one day they can also remove the trees in Washington with the Obama's face pattern.

  2. Alfred F Tenuta Jr

    Hello to All: Coreection: As George Santaana wrote: "Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it!" Why do we Americans go to the National Archives to view the Constitution and Declaration of Independence? So we remember our history! To ignore history is to say it NEVER existed and the ideas that created the history will be reinvented by someone for good or evil. Look at how the Cambodians and Russians want to "forget" their Communist history that so it can be repeated without anybody questioning its revival and resisting its implementation. YES, keep the "Forest Swastikas" so people don't forget what the Nazis did to over 12,000,000 people. And don't forget what "Good Ole Uncle JOE" did to over 20,000,000 people. STUDY AND REMEMBER HISTORY OR IT WILL BE REPEATED HERE IN AMERICA!

  3. James Cimino

    What a jerk. Attack Nazism but object to references to Communism. Notice how quickly this jerk cuts off any comparosn between Nazism and the Commies.

  4. Anonymous

    Evil should be cut down to the bitter root and so should these symbols of evil.

  5. Pj Connolly

    Actually the swastika was used many thousands of years before the Nazis took it for themselves and bastardized it…

  6. Fred Shuman

    Does nobody have any experience dealing with graffiti? It's often easier to neutralize it by adding rather than by attempting to erase it. They could easily plant a few more larches, and in a few years, have a 2×2 box!

  7. Tooxforu Xtremex

    Germany has not, like liberals in America, destroyed historical facts they do not like. The horror of Hitler is taught in German schools. They are destroying monuments that honor Nazism; its illegal to wear a swastika in Germany because they do not want to repeat that mistake.

  8. Kenneth Lichtig

    International Space Station's Crew did not spot it nor any of our spy satellites can take pictures of an automobile license plate 250 miles orbiting Earth and will be able to read license plates with crystal clarity. What about airline pilots?

  9. Kenneth Lichtig

    Zoroastrians still used this religious symbol.