Since it is banned in Germany, advertising the swatstika is a challenge for young Neo Nazis. As such, Muffti is begrudgingly impressed with the effort it must have taken some young punks to scrape an 8-by-5 metre swastika in a frozen lake right near a runway of Berlin’s Tegel airport. Though not visible from land, it was clearly visible from the air and offered a chilling greeting to travellers all morning.
Using the environment as a billboard is, of course, not a new idea. Not even for neo nazis. 5 years ago, a 60 by 60 metre swatstika was discovered in a forest north of Berlin. In 1937, a local businessman, an ardent follower of Adolf Hitler, planted a 60 by 60 metre area of Larch trees in a forest near the town of Zernikow, about 110 km north of Berlin. The trees were planted in the shape and format of a Swastika and could only be seen from the air. During Autumn, when the Larch trees changed their colour to orange and yellow they stood out strikingly against a green forest of surrounding pine trees. Discovered many years after the war, this long-forgotten symbol of the Nazi era was finally removed by cutting down 27 of the 57 trees that made up the Swastika design.
Water police removed the offensive symbol after a police helicopter spotted it.