November 30, 2000
9:36 AM   Subscribe

I bet this slice of German history has put the local Greens in quite a dilemma.
posted by CRS (8 comments total)
Planted in 1937? Hardly old-growth, then.
posted by harmful at 9:53 AM on November 30, 2000

All they have to do is remove about 3 trees, to get the crook off one of the arms. Then it isn't a symbol, and the enviros stay happy.
posted by Ptrin at 12:18 PM on November 30, 2000

I think they should leave it. It's pretty interesting from a(n) historical perspective.
posted by kidsplateusa at 12:22 PM on November 30, 2000

Couldn't they water the trees with green food coloring or something? Or does changing the pH balance of the soil only work on flowers? I'm no good at this, though another of my namesake certainly ought to know.

Hint: Search for "Ethan Johnson" on the linked page.
posted by ethmar at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2000

And Yahoo! can't link to it, either.
posted by tranquileye at 1:48 PM on November 30, 2000

Call me a dogged First Amendment type. But I think it should be kept, if only to remind others of the extraordinary lengths that people went to in order to preserve something they believed to be magnamious. (We're talking about cultivated trees here, for crying out loud!)

Given that there are those who continue to deny that the Holocaust ever happened, tearing down any vestige of that truly despicable period in human history draws parallels to the book burnings and the innocent millions that the Third Reich systematically destroyed.

It is important for us and future generations to remember the dreadful meaning of that swastika, if only for the horrendous crimes to resonate in those who see these ghastly yellow trees from the air.

posted by ed at 11:49 PM on November 30, 2000

Germany doesnt WANT to remember. The faster it can put the espisode behind it the better -- how many monuments does America have to the genocide of American Indians on the Washington Mall.
posted by stbalbach at 9:02 PM on December 1, 2000

The death camps still exist, and they're reminder enough for me. Leaving reminders is one thing, but this is disgusting. Tear it down.
posted by Ptrin at 6:25 AM on December 2, 2000

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