NAZI Zuckertute/SchultŁten


Figure 1.--This German boy in 1933 got a HakenkreuzschultŁten or gift cone with the NAZI swastica symbol. This style of gift cone did not prove very popular. We rarely see such images.

A German reader tells us that in 1933 the Nazis tried to establish a uniform SchultŁte. I am not sure what official and at what level this effort was made. We notice one boy in 1933 with a HakenkreuzschultŁten--a gift cone with a swastica. This would have been done in September 1933 (figure 1). The NAZIs at that time had been in power only a few months. The idea apparently was not very popular. Almost all the cones we note have animals and characters on them that apparently were more appealing to 6-year old children. Notice all the various different designs on the gift cones archived in HBC. The NAZis seem to have dropped the idea as even whenthe Party was in firm control of Germany we do not notice HakenkreuzschultŁten. A German reader tells us they remained a rare choice for these gift cones. We rarely see such photographs. Some care, however, needs to be take in assesing popularity by the modern number of surviving images. We believe that following the German surrender in World War II (May 1945) that many German families destroyed photographs and artifacts that had the swastica on them. A German reader writes, " Well, I also guess it was rare. I have never seen it before and I never heard before the NAZIs tried to establish a uniform SchultŁte. It seem the NAZIs liked to use everthing to use everything as possible to advertise their swastika."

NAZI Effort

A German reader tells us that in 1933 the Nazis tried to establish a uniform SchultŁte. I am not sure what official and at what level this effort was made. Presumabkly the Education Ministry would have been involved, but we have no details at this time. We notice one boy in 1933 with a HakenkreuzschultŁten--a gift cone with a swastica. This would have been done in September 1933 (figure 1). The NAZIs at that time had been in power only a few months. Of course it is possible that entrepreneurs took it in their own initiative to create these cones without any orders from the Party.

Popularity

The idea apparently was not very popular. Almost all the cones we note have animals and characters on them that apparently were more appealing to 6-year old children. Notice all the various different designs on the gift cones archived in HBC. The NAZis seem to have dropped the idea as even whenthe Party was in firm control of Germany we do not notice HakenkreuzschultŁten. A German reader tells us they remained a rare choice for these gift cones. A German reader writes, "Well, I also guess it was rare. I have never seen it before and I never heard before the NAZIs tried to establish a uniform SchultŁte. It seem the NAZIs liked to use everthing to use everything as possible to advertise their swastika."

Photographic Evidence

We rarely see photographs of the HakenkreuzschultŁten. The image here is from 1933. We note an image from 1934. We have seen much larger numbers of these phjotographs when non-political cones, omes that have designs more likely to appeal to younger children. This would thus suggest at first glance that these cones were not very popular. Some care, however, needs to be take in assesing popularity by the modern number of surviving images. We believe that following the German surrender in World War II (May 1945) that many German families destroyed photographs and artifacts that had the swasticas on them. These photographs in particular would suggest that the familiy were NAZI Party members or pro-NAZI. Thus the popularity of these HakenkreuzschultŁten may well have been greater than suggested by the small number of available photographs.







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