A Germany state government orders the halt and distribution of thousands of calendars after finding out that the charming cottage on the cover photo belonged to one of Hitler’s men in WWII – that of Luftwaffe chief, Gestapo founder and one of the key persons to come up with the plan for the extermination of the Jews, Hermann Goering.
Aside from these titles, Goering was also referred to as the chief huntsman in the Third Reich.
He was known to be a generous host, giving lavish parties to fellow Nazi and Luftwaffe comrades at a hunting estate known as Carinhall, which was located 50 miles north of Berlin, throughout WWII.
Carinhall was then blown to smithereens on the Luftwaffe chief’s orders when the Soviets closed up on him in 1945. However, a number of edifices within the estate survived including the cottage – a half-timbered, thatched lodge – which appeared in the cover photo of the calendar produced by the state of Bradenburg’s agricultural ministry.
The said calendars were made with the intent of promoting forestry in the despondent area north of the capital but when it was pointed out who owned the cottage, the ministry lost no time to recall and pulp them. Its association to one of the Nazis’ mass murderers and key persons, being the head of the Luftwaffe and the originator of the Gestapo, proved to be too much.
The ministry also conceded that the text accompanying the cover photo was “insensitive” as it missed out on any mention of the crimes done by Goering in WWII.