Ual1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (16 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5496 times:
I was watching a show on Speedvision and they were talking about Lufthansa's fleet in the 30s. They showed some of their planes while flying and there was a swastica(Nazi symbol) on the tail? Did the Nazi party own Lufthansa while they were in power?
Spaceman Spiff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
The Nazis eventually had control of every company in Germany whether that company liked it or not. They took control for national defense reasons. Anybody who said no got a lovely vacation in one of the lovely little camps. The U.S. airlines of the day were pressed into service in the Air Transport Command. So yes, Lufthansa, Diamler, Junkers, etc. did what they were told, which doesn't mean that the people in that company agreed with it. Much like the way Singer Sewing Machines built guns for the U.S. durning the war. It is more interesting to note that American Airlines used to code share with the Nazi Zeppelin, Hindenburg. That was in 1936 and 1937.
Gagarin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5307 times:
Take a look at Zeppelin Hinderberg photoes and promotion posters. Also, find some books in library on neoclassicism in 20 century art history.
You'll see that official art was integral part of German society, much like socialist realism was in Russian/Soviet one. It doesn't have anything to do with the airline's decesion but rather totalitarian regime paradigm.