The rise of Widukind!
The White Horse of Kent probably has its origins in the Hanover White Horse of the Old Saxons. The National Socialists gave high praise to the Old Saxons and honoured their war dead as National Heroes and Martyrs. One of these pagan Saxon heroes was Widukind.
Widukind lead the pagan Saxons against the Frankish Charlemagne, in what is know as the Saxon Wars, which were fought around 777 - 785 CE. Little is known about Widukind - even his name is a title meaning 'Child of the Woods'. What is recorded about Widukind is from the Annals of 777CE which records he was the only Saxon chieftain that never attended Charlemagne's court and instead sort refuge with the Danish King Sigurd Hring. On his return he lead the Saxons in open revolt against the Christian Franks.
Legends of Widukind's conversion to christianity on his death bed are of course from christian books so it is unknown if he was ever a willing convert. However - to National Socialists he will always be remembered as the pagan Saxon how fought against the alien and invasive christians.
Above - the symbolism in this statue is clear - a weak and defeated Widukind clutches a bible compared to this proud pagan Widukind below
Alfred Rosenberg once declared it was Widukind who should be remembered as The Great - whilst Charlemagnes title show become the Slaughterer.
Himmler also had the greatest of respect for Widukind, and it was Himmler (supported by the openly pagan Darre and Rosenberg) who ordered the construction of the Sachsenhain - The Saxon Grove - a huge monument consisting of 4500 huge boulders (all supplied from neighbouring farmland) each boulder representing one of the 4500 Saxons who was beheaded (by Karl the Slaughterer at Verden) for refusing to give up their faith in the Old Gods.
Sachsenhain - 1937
Sachsenhain was built between 1934 to 1936 and designed by Himmler's architect William Hübotter
The Sachsenhain today
This translation of an original Third Reich publication introduces the reader with a small description of the book, warning the reader to expect a natural bias in favour of Widukind!