A Reader’s Perspective on Christmas in the Third Reich

From my reader, Lilo, (b. 1939, near Munich), further evidence that any changes the Nazis made to Christmas celebrations were subtle and often ignored by the German public: I wasn’t aware that Christmas in the Third Reich was something special. Our Christmases were always the same. The “Christkind” (Christ Child) flew into the window on… Continue reading A Reader’s Perspective on Christmas in the Third Reich

Christmas Under the Swastika

The Nazi calendar had its own set of holidays, including the anniversary of the seizure of power (January 30th), Hitler’s birthday (April 20th) and the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch (November 9th), marked by ceremonies, parades, and speeches. But the Nazis also sought to appropriate those holidays that predated their rise to power, transforming… Continue reading Christmas Under the Swastika