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From: Sara van den Berg <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, May 12, 2008 at 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: Mothers' Day / ambivalence?
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Marshall J. Rogan wrote:
 Thanks for the "25 Reasons." My wife spent five years, after WWII, in a displaced persons camp in Germany. To our children's consternation she has always refered to Mother's Day as that "Nazi Holiday" (In 1933, the beginning of their 12 year reign, they made it an official holiday) and refuses to recognize it even here in the US.
 Marshall Rogan (BSEE MIT '57)

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Perhaps it would help to note that West Virginia approved this holiday in 1910, and the U.S. Congress approved a national Mother's Day in 1914.  Well before Nazism.  NPR notes that Anna Jarvis, the West Virginia woman who started the ball rolling on all this, later protested the commercialism of Mother's Day.

Sara van den Berg