The Reichsnährstand ‘Erbhof – Erkennungszeichen’ (Hereditary Farm) Odal Rune Sign

At the end of World War Two, the German people hastily rid themselves of the propaganda from the Third Reich, much was burned and buried, weapons and munitions thrown into the village pond.  Decades later artifacts that were once quickly thrown into the garbage of history slowly come back to light. On a pile of rubble behind the bust of Adolf Hitler lies the Deutschen Bauern odal rune cast iron relief of the Erbhof, part of a group of artifacts of German rural history unearthed in the museum village Hösseringen 1997/98. (Image right; Copyright Lanwirtschaftsmuseum Lüneburger Heide, Heft Nr 28) [1]

The National Socialists saw the farmer as the first and deepest representative of the people since he nourishes the people from the fertility of the earth, and since he maintains the nation through the fertility of his own family. Here National Socialism had to accomplish two legal ends: the re-establishment and the protection of the farmer class and the securing of its land for the farmer family.

Legislation concerning property rights from 1933-1945 shows a great number of statutes and decrees on various other questions but in respect of the “peasant’s estate” (Erbhof) only three important problems were actually dealt with[2]: