Thought for the day

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell

These images are chilling, bordering on surrealism: As World War II broke out on December 18, 1941, Adolf Hitler presided over a Christmas party in Munich. The color-enhanced images were captured by Hugo Jger, one of Adolf Hitler's personal photographers.

 

Mr Jagger buried the photographs in a glass jar at the end of the war, and they remained there for 10 years until 1955 when he moved them and about 2,000 other images to a bank vault.

 

Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. After taking power in 1933, Nazi thinkers initially renamed the Christmas festival Zulfest, and promoted its Germanic origins as a celebration of the winter solstice.

 

 

These thinkers also claimed that the Christian elements of the holiday were superimposed on ancient Germanic traditions. He argued that Christmas Eve originally had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, but instead celebrated the winter solstice and the 'rebirth of the sun', that the swastika was an ancient symbol of the sun, and that Santa Claus was a Christian reincarnation of the Germanic god Odin.