Denmark - DNSAP
Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Arbejderparti

The Danish political party DNSAP -- short for Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Arbejderparti -- was established already in 1930 with the declared objective to introduce, and eventually transfer, the German Nazi ideology to Denmark.  

The party was built on the Fuhrer-principle and one of its main ideas was -- like in the German mother-party -- Anti Semitism.  At the elections to the Danish Parliament in 1939 and 1943, it gained three Members of Parliament. During the German occupation of Denmark 1940-1945 the party co-operated closely with the German Occupation Power.  By the liberation of Denmark on 5th May 1945, the party was dissolved and its leaders, including the Fuhrer Fritz Clausen, were indicted for high treason.  

Over time hundreds of Danish local Christmas Seals have appeared, and there is not one single town or village with a hint of self-esteem that does not issue its own Christmas Seal for local charitable purposes.  To this comes various aid-organisations and non-governmental organisations that issue their own seals, or rather charity labels, purely for fundraising.  Some of the most extraordinary of these unofficial seals were issued by the Danish Nazi Party during the years 1937-1942.   

1937 (?)

1938

1939 (?)

Only few of them are known as having been commercially used.  On the Danish Postal History Society's website there is an image of one such item, an ordinary Danish Christmas Greeting Card sent from Denmark to Blankenese (by Hamburg) in Germany on 23rd December 1938, which was unfortunately reported missing in the mail when sold in Germany to a Danish collector in January 2004.   The seal used on the card was the above (middle), which is thus assumed to be the 1938-issue.  

1940

1941

1942

All seals appear slightly different in size, and with poor perforations, very close to being serrated.  The issues for 1937, 1938, and 1939 have no year denomination.  They all carry the Swastika, that removes any doubt as to their origin.  The V-shaped fir branches on the 1941-seal may symbolize (the hope for) Nazi Global Victory.  Strangely enough the Nazis have used the international V-sign, not the German 'S' with sharp bends (the vertical part of the Swastika), meaning "Sieg" [German for Victory].  

Today these seals are highly collectible, but extremely scarce, since most of them have been destroyed.  These items are scanned by me and have belonged to my own collection, but were sold on 14th October 2004 and are shown by courtesy of the present owner, who wishes to remain anonymous to the public.

It is disputed whether there is a 7th seal (for 1943), depicting a German soldier holding a machine gun, and surrounded by two Swastikas.  Personally I do not think that "the seventh seal" is a Danish Nazi Christmas Seal -- it varies too much in design from the others, is considerably smaller, has a much more "normal" perforation, and there is absolutely nothing "Christmassy" about it.  

Also, it has no year denomination like the three previous years, so it is more likely to be one of the numerous labels the Nazis produced for general propaganda purposes.  

However, it is shown here for the sake of completeness, and I leave it an open question to the visitors of this page whether they believe this to be a Nazi Christmas Seal, when comparing to the other samples.  

Note added 20th October 2004
During my research for background information about the Nazi Christmas Seals, the Danish National Archives [Rigsarkivet] has informed me that 

DNSAP's archives are in the custody of the National Archives, but no information about DNSAP and the party's activities in Denmark during the 1930s and the Second World War is available to the general public. Only the party's periodical "Fædrelandet" ["Our Homeland"] may be viewed in the reference section of the National Library [Det Kongelige Bibliotek].  

Having searched this periodical I can state for a fact that no information is given about these labels.   For the time being it is therefore not possible to give further information about these seals, unless such information is provided through private channels. Any such information, with substantial proof of its origin, will be received with pleasure -- please use the email-link at the bottom of this page..  

The Swastika is an even cross, the arms of which are bent at right angles. Since all four bars point in the same direction (either clockwise or counterclockwise), the form creates an impression of perpetual rotation. 

The origin of the Swastika symbol is unknown. For thousands of years, it has been used as a symbol of the revolving sun, fire, infinity, or continuing re-creation, as well as a decorative motif in the Americas, China, Egypt, Greece, and Scandinavia. Swastikas have been found in the catacombs of Rome, on textiles of the Inca period, and on relics unearthed at the site of Troy. The swastika has also been important in Eastern religions: to Buddhists, it represents resignation; to Jains, it represents their seventh saint; and to Hindus, a swastika with arms bent to the left represents night, magic, and the destructive goddess Kali. 

In the mid-20th century in Germany, a swastika with arms bent to the right became the symbol of the Nazi party. Some members of the German Free Corps, who later formed the nucleus of the early Nazi Party, are believed to have brought the swastika to Germany from Finland and Estonia, where it had been an official and decorative emblem. 

In 1920 many troops wore the swastika on their helmets when they occupied Berlin in their abortive attempt to overthrow the German Republic. 

From March 1933, a few weeks after the ascent of Adolf Hitler to power in Germany, the Swastika Flag flew side by side with the German national colors.  The flag is bright red, with a black Swastika on the background of a white circle.  

From September 1935 until the downfall of the Nazi regime in 1945, the swastika flag was the official flag of the Third Reich and was prominently displayed. The swastika is still used as a symbol by supremacist and separatist hate groups. 


First published March 2004.  Last revised 01 nov 2004 
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