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History of the Swastika

-Origin of the Swastika -The purpose and meaning in Early European and Western Asian Culture -The effect or presence it had during WWII -As a symbol of Nazism -Abandonment of the symbol in other countries -Final statement

Finn Hearn

on 30 March 2011

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So I ask you.. Will the Swastika ever regain its original status as a symbol of peace and good luck? Baltic- "Fire Cross" Ancient Anglo Saxon-Swastika Symbol used in funerary rites Greek and Roman Africa-Jebel Barkal temple pottery An unusual swastika composed of the Hebrew letter 'Aleph' and 'Resh' appear in the 18th century Hebrew chronicles. it appears inside a circle surrounded a hymn which refers to the power of the sun. The letters are the initials and final characters of the Hebrew word 'Light' The Swastika is the most fascinating Symbol in all of history for years it was a Symbol of peace even in the years leading up to the war but then with its use by the Nazis it became a Symbol of hatred of fear no other Symbol has two entirely different meanings Swastika The Swastika spans much of human history the earliest use of the Swastika dates back to the 5th or 6th millenia BC Buddhism... Hinduism... Nazism Jainism... The History of the and numerous others The Swastika and the Nazi Party But how did the Nazi's come to adopt this ancient and revered symbol as their own you ask? Well... The Swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles. Arms can be right or left facing. it all started... in the 19th century... Heinrich Schliemann Had discovered a swastika symbol at the site of ancient Troy He theorised that the Swastika was a "significant religious symbol of our remote ancestors" meaning Greek, Germanic and Indo-Iranian cultures were all once Aryan Which Schliemann thought was proved by the abundance of Swastika Symbols in dig sites all around Europe and that they were all related to the Germanic Swastikas or more appropriatley the Aryan Race a master race originating in Northern Europe Heinrich Schliemann's work became associated with the Volkisch movement which used the Swastika as a Symbol of national pride.
The Volkisch movement was a Renaissance-esque movement in that it revolved around the importance of the the averarge German (or Volk) and their connection to traditional German culture. After Adolf Hitler renamed the German Workers Party the National Socialist German Workers party he began work a flag one that would incorporate the Swastika this is what he wrote "As National Socialsists we see our program in our flag. In red we see the social idea of movement, in white the nationalistic idea; in the swastika we see the mission of the struggle for the Aryan man and by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work."-Mein Kampf From this we can clearly see Hitler himself thought of the Symbol as his own. Not only the Vorisch Movement alone but Hitler and his Nazi party
had now incorporated The Swastika; the most universal symbol of peace and light with one of the darkest rascist groups in all of Human history... The Nazis In Modern Times.. Today, under current German law, it is a criminal offense to display Nazi Symbols including the Swastika, except for religious reasons such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. in Dec 1999 nintendo published a Pokemon
card with the Swastika on it though it was changed in the North Americas that didn't stop a select few kids from importing the cards from Japan which like many events surrounding Pokemon caused a massive uproar with parents eventually leading to the cards being altered due to parents associating it with Nazism mesoptamia-samarra bowl What is a Swastika? it is worth mentioning however that before the Nazis use of the Swastika even in the 1920's the symbol was used as a symbol of peace and luck not only in asian countries but in Europe and North America as well. Everything from post cards to coca-cola bottle openers match-boxes even boy scout hand books. of course... has seen its use in several cultures and belief systems including... and Human or... Maybe we should remember what the Swastika was and what it became... After all.. if the Symbol has two meanings why look at it one way? Finn Hearn-Swastika Prezi Should we try to restore its reputation? Including
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