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How Hitler and the Nazi party celebrated Christmas revealed in chilling footage; The disturbing clips show children singing carols under a Christmas tree decorated with Swastikas.

Byline: Mark Morris

If you were to scan this black and white footage very briefly, it would simply look like a traditional Christmas celebration in the 1940s.

But the happy children singing carols are actually doing so under a Christmas tree topped with the Nazi symbol, the Swastika.

They're also receiving presents from high-ranking Nazi officials.

The chilling footage was filmed in December 1940, during the Second World War, and it shows how Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party celebrated Christmas.

All this was taking place as millions of Jews were being sent to concentration camps.

The re-surfaced footage really reveals the festive vision that the Nazi propagandists marketed to the German public.

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In the series of clips, Hitler can be seen enjoying Christmas dinner - surrounded by children - while other Nazi leaders, Herman Goring and Josef Goebbels, laugh and hand out gifts.

Other footage shows smiling Aryan children enjoying the holidays, and a Hitler Youth group singing carols under a Swastika-adorned Christmas tree.

Especially during wartime, Hitler encouraged the celebration of Christmas as a way to distract the German public from the realities of war.

However, the Jewish origins of Jesus and the festive commemoration of his birth as the Jewish Messiah was troubling for some members of the Nazi group and their racial beliefs.

And so attempts were made to bring the celebration of Christmas in line with Nazi ideology.

Between 1933 and 1945, Hitler's officials tried to remove the Jewish and Christian aspects of the holidays.

Nazi ideologists claimed that Christmas was based on ancient Germanic traditions.

They argued that Christmas Eve originally had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus -- but instead celebrated the winter solstice and the rebirth of the Sun.

In Nazi holiday posters, Santa Claus was even represented as the Germanic God 'Odin' rather than the Christian reinvention of Saint Nicholas.

To add to this, the Nazi Party claimed that the Swastika was an ancient symbol of the Sun and encouraged the German public to place the symbol on the top of the Christmas tree instead.

During the height of the Third Reich, there were even attempts to remove the association of the coming of Jesus at Christmas -- and instead replace it with the coming of Hitler, referred to as the 'Saviour Fuhrer'.

This tradition failed to take off and instead the Nazi Party settled on depicting Mary and Jesus as a blonde Aryan mother and child instead.

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis

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In the series of clips, Hitler can be seen enjoying Christmas dinner with children

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Nazi Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels also features in the footage

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A Christmas tree adorned with Swastikas

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The Nazis tried to change Christmas to suit their ideology

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