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British Museum cinerary urn with swastika motifs
Swastika means "well-being" in Sanskrit. The use of the swastika dates back to prehistoric times. There is an ivory bird made from a mammoth tusk, found in 1908 at the Palaeolithic settlement Mezin, in Kiev's National Museum of the History of Ukraine that is an estimated fifteen thousand years old which has swastikas engraved in it. The phallic objects on the bird give the impression that the swastika was used as a fertility symbol. Copenhagener tattoo shop owner Peter Madsen is one of the founders of the Learn to Love the Swastika Day, November 13.[1]

Use by the National Socialist German Workers' Party

Flag of German Reich (2688-2698 p.u.c.)
The word "Hakenkreuz" as well as the word "Swastika" are used in German as equivalents to the English word "swastika".[2][3] In "Mein Kampf", Adolf Hitler told the story of how the Hakenkreuz was incorporated into the flag of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. A dental surgeon from Starnberg suggested they use the Hakenkreuz on a white background. Adolf then personally designed the flag, which was red and had a Hakenkreuz enclosed in a white circle in the center.[I]:556 This is what Adolf said about the National Socialist flag:
As national socialists, we see in our flag our programme. In red we see the social thinking of the movement, in white the nationalist, in the Hakenkreuz the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan and at the same time with that the victory of the thinking of the creative work, which itself forever was anti-Semitic and will be anti-Semitic.[I]:557

Books cited


  1. Mukti Jain Campion (23 October 2014). "How the world loved the swastika - until Hitler stole it". bbc.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. "Swastika". duden.de. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. "Hakenkreuz". duden.de. Retrieved 8 November 2016.