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July 11, 2013 1:44 pm

More ‘Forest Swastikas’ Discovered as Mystery of Origins Persist (PHOTO)

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Swastika formation in Zernikow. Photo: Wikipedia.

New technologies enabling perspectives hitherto unobtainable, have allowed for the discovery of more swastika formations in European forests Der Spiegel reports.

With the help of Google Earth, numerous online forums are now “devoted to identifying Nazi symbols that are visible only from the air,” explains the paper.

Labeling the instances ‘horticultural hate,’ Der Spiegel outlines the history of forest swatikas citing the first instance of a swastika formation discovery which caused a public commotion in 1992, when an intern at a landscaping company in Germany, while searching aerial photographs for irrigation lines, spotted a group of 140 larches in the midst of their fall transformation shaped like a swastika.

The trees, located in Zernikow, a rural town 60 miles from Berlin, dated to the 1930s. Their discovery triggered a host of rumors as to their origin. A local farmer claimed that he had planted the trees as a child, with a forester paying him a few cents for each seedling he put in the ground. Another rumor was that a local Nazi leader ordered the trees planted on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday.

Shrouded in mystery, perhaps the most important result of the find was the awareness that the incident raised. In the early 2000s several reports surfaced of other such occurrences. In Sept. 2006, for example, the New York Times reported on a complete forest near the remote village of Tash-Bashat, in Kyrgystan, shaped as a swastika.

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  • Mary

    If that is true, that a nazi received Holocaust survivor claim, that is Despicable!

  • I have been relentless in attempting to force the Holocaust Claims Conference to reevaluate and change their methods. At least they are enacting these corrections. However, why shouldn’t the money they have in their possession be distributed immediately to Holocaust survivors? There are precious few survivors left . Soon they will be gone. Only the youngest are still alive. My father, Jacob survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald passed away thirty years ago. My mother, survivor of Skarzish and Buchenwald passed away twenty years ago. I ask every Holocaust survivor reading this to protest to the claims conference or their attorneys and ask what is happening with the funds. Twenty per cent of these funds goes to birthright, Holocaust museums, writers etc. Soon I will reveal the different organizations receiving money from the Claims Conference. Why is a Nazi receiving compensation from the Claims Conference after his identity as a Nazi was revealed? Why are individuals who are not really Holocaust survivors but were added to the list, receiving funds?

    It is your money and you deserve it now. How is it possible for Holocaust survivors to be in need of food and medications when the Claims conference holds so much money.

    I am only one person. You must speak up now.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    • Mary

      I agree! Give the money to Jews in need/holocaust survivors!!

    • Mary

      This compensation is for survivors and it is only because the survivors were robbed of everything. It’s only what belongs to the Holocaust survivors! No question. They were robbed, and murdered! Survivors need to claim what belongs to them in the first place!!