Horticultural Hate: The Mystery of the Forest Swastikas

Featured Image: A swastika made of larch trees in a pine forest in Brandenburg, Germany. SOURCE: Wikipedia. No free or public domain images have been located for the subject of the article. Due to the felling of the trees by the German government, no further photographs can be taken as a free-license alternative. (Fair Use).

From ABC News By Danny Kringiel, SPIEGEL

July 7, 2013

Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other forest swastikas have been found in Germany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.

Blame it on the larches. Brandenburg native Günter Reschke was the first one to notice their unique formation, according to a 2002 article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. To be more precise, however, it was the new intern at Reschke’s landscaping company, Ökoland Dederow, who discovered the trees in 1992 as he was completing a typically thankless intern task: searching aerial photographs for irrigation lines. . . . Read Complete Report

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