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What was the Nazi symbol?


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October 21, 2010 2:46PM

The Swastika

There were many Nazi Symbols, but the official symbol of the National Socialist party, and the one you are probably thinking of is the swastika.

The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It occurs mainly in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It remains widely used in Eastern religions / Dharmic religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Because of its iconic usage in Nazi Germany the symbol has become stigmatized in the Western world, and outlawed in Germany.

It also used to be a symbol for the sun in some places, but the Nazis took it.