Flags Down Under - Flags from around the world - Make a statement
Flags Down Under - Flags from around the world - Make a statement
Flags Down Under - Flags from around the world - Make a statement
Flags Down Under - Flags from around the world - Make a statement

The History of the Swastika Part 2


Reichskriegsflagge 1938-1945 The History of the Swastika- the Oldest Known Symbol (Part 2)
CHANGE IN MEANING

In the 1800s, countries around Germany were growing much larger, forming empires; yet Germany was not a unified country until 1871. To counter the feeling of vulnerability and the stigma of youth, German nationalists in the mid-nineteenth century began to use the swastika, because it had ancient Aryan/Indian origins, to represent a long Germanic/Aryan history. By the end of the nineteenth century, the swastika could be found on nationalist German voelkisch periodicals and was the official emblem of the German Gymnasts' League.
In the beginning of the twentieth century, the swastika was a common symbol of German nationalism and could be found in a multitude of places such as the emblem for the Wander-vogel, a German youth movement; on Joerg Lanz von Liebenfels' antisemitic periodical Ostara; on various Freikorps units; and as an emblem of the Thule Society. In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi Party needed its own insignia and flag.
For Hitler, the new flag had to be "a symbol of our own struggle" as well as "highly effective as a poster." In Mein Kampf, Hitler described the Nazis' new flag: "In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic." Because of the Nazis' flag, the swastika soon became a symbol of hate, antisemitism, violence, death, and murder.

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