Sunday, October 3, 2010

Forest Swastika

The forest swastika was a patch of larch trees covering 3,600 m2 (4,300 sq yd) area of pine forest in northeastern Germany, carefully arranged to look like a swastika. It was probably planted near the height of Hitler's power, in the 1930s.  It is unclear how the trees came to be planted and arranged, but concern about the region's image and the possibility that the area would become a pilgrimage site for Nazi supporters led local authorities to chop down many of the trees, and the swastika was eventually largely obscured.