Nazi Swastikas

Nazi-swastikaThe swastika is a recognizable symbol throughout the world. It is made up of an equilateral cross connected to four arms that are each bent at a 90 degree angle. Since World War II, Nazi swastikas have been associated by many individuals as a symbol of hatred and violence. This wasn't always the case. For hundreds of years, the swastika had been known as a symbol that represented good. In fact, the word "swastika" is derived from "svastika" which is a Sanskrit word that denotes an object as being lucky or auspicious.

To this day, it is a ritual in the Hindu religion to shave the head of a Hindu child and paint a red swastika on top. This consecrates a Hindu child as having luck and well-being.

Hitler may have chosen Nazi swastikas to represent the Aryan race due to the positive connotations associated with the symbol. When the Nazi party came into power, the swastika was used on their flag. Later, the symbol was also incorporated into Nazi uniforms, insignia and Nazi coins. Many coins from the Third Reich were minted with Nazi swastikas. Some of these coins include the 2 reichsmark silver coin and the 5 reichsmark silver coin.

In present-day Germany, Nazi symbolism is outlawed. Flags, uniforms and insignia can not be used if they are representative and suggestive of outlawed organizations. In the United States and Russia though, organizations with Nazi influences are allowed to incorporate the swastika into their uniforms and other insignia. Many neo-Nazi parties represent their views by using the swastika symbol.

The video below shows how the symbol is used as good luck in the Hindu world and has nothing to do with Nazi philosophy