Is the Term ‘Snowflake’ of Nazi Origin?

Posted on August 13, 2020


By David Ettinger

Appreciated Objection
While perusing a friend’s Facebook page, he mentioned the word “snowflakes,” which drew this reaction: “Oh and NEVER use the term ‘Snowflakes’ again. That term has its origins in the Nazi guards calling the ashes of Jews floating out of the crematoria. The ashes were called ‘Snowflakes.’”

I immediately was appreciative of his comment, as it informed me of something I wasn’t aware of. However, my journalist instincts kicked in and I asked myself: “Is this true?”

Checking it Out
Researching this topic online, I discovered there’s nothing new in this claim; that it has been making the rounds for a number of years – at least since President Trump came into office.

I then checked, which said the following: “A persistent rumor holds that the term ‘snowflake’ originated during the Holocaust, but no evidence backs up this claim.” You may read the rest of the Snopes entry in the link I posted following the blog.

The Christian Reaction
When I posted the Snopes link on my friend’s FB page, the one who originally objected to the term replied: “Really? Juden shnai – “Jewish snow” – was a term I heard from my parents, who were there, in Auschwitz. I’ll take their word for it. Regardless, I hate the term.”

I certainly have no reason to doubt this man’s account, so I find the “snowflakes” term origins to be unsolved.

However, as a Christian, I agree with the man’s hatred for the term. I find it to be both dismissing and demeaning, and is too easily aimed at those who might have somewhat of a “softer” disposition.

As believers in the Lord Jesus, we should not be using such derogatory terms to describe those with different viewpoints than us. There is absolutely no grace, warmth, or understanding in this word, and it doesn’t reflect the kind of compassion Christians should be displaying.

I know some of you disagree with me on this. By all means, please let me know what you think!