Hitler's Christmas Card

Contributed by jeremy bloomfield

Hitler's Christmas Card

My father Lt. Col. Ray Bloomfield was amongst the first allied officers to enter the Berlin Bunker in 1945. In an office he found a box with many unsent-but signed- Christmas cards from Hitler. He kept just one!

The Third Reich symbol is heavily embossed and the whole thing is printed on heavy card.
One can't help but reflect upon the mind of a man who on one hand was sending his colleagues Christmas and New Year greetings- and at the same time ordering such atrocities.

The other interesting thing to note is the signature- jagged, highly stylized and a little unsettling...

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  • 1. At 13:33 on 4 June 2011

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  • 2. At 12:35 on 9 July 2011, new_germany wrote:

    The relationship between Hitler and the German people has been described by Goldhagen in his thesis "Hitler´s Willing executioners". This very general and broad statement reflects a bad scientific work for the following reasons:
    1) Goldhagens claims that all Germans are potential executioners if they would have been in that position like police officers or soldiers. Goldhagen limits this exclusively to Germans, and therefore denies that Austrians where also Nazis in high positions, eg in Austrian concentration camps. The myth that Austria has been a "victim" of Nazi Germany is not right according to a poll that a great majority of Austrians wanted to be part of Nazi Germany in 1938. Hitler met an enthusiastic crowd in Austria.
    Many Jews left Austria for facing racial attacks on the streets of Vienna.
    2) Hitler´s antisemitism has been influenced by the tradition and conditions in Vienna: Hitler has been rejected by an art academy in Vienna/Austria and experienced himself as an outsider. Goldhagen doesn´t consider this biographic experiences of Hitler in Austria that formed his political attitudes.
    3) No free media and no free access to free media in Germany: Free media have been replaced completely by Nazi propaganda, so big parts of the German society didn´t get full informations about persecutions of minorities in a country totally controlled by a dictatorship.
    4) Death penalty, violence and fear are factors of a criminal dictatorship that Goldhagen doesn´t consider in an appropiate way.
    Not only Jews, gipsies and other minorities died in concentration camps. Ordinary Germans like socialists, communists, priests and others died in concentrations camps.
    5) German resistance movements: Goldhagen claims there has been a very small percentage of the German people actively resisting Hitler.
    However, many people in the background network of Stauffenberg and the White Rose resistance in Munich faced violence by Nazi Germany.
    If an ordinary German was taken to a concentration camp for resisting Hitler, the whole family has been blamed in the public on the streets. They had to come out of their homes and had to stand in front ot the Nazis.
    6) There is a difference between official Nazi propaganda and resistance - openly and secretly: Many German have hidden Jews in their homes, all the Germans that were executed by the Nazis can´t be called "Hitler´s Willing Executioners". This is offensive to all German victims of Nazi Germany.
    Therefore Goldhagen´s work is not considering all relevant aspects in a balanced way; his thesis doesn´t fit with scientific standards because of a too general statement.

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Location

Berlin

Culture
Period

1941

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12cm
W:
19cm
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