Essay: The research of swastika
It is the symbol used to identify
certain group of people by which a sign once invented and known as a sign of
well being but later on the group used it and become a hatred symbol in certain
communities; the group or party is known as Nazis led by dictator Adolph
The symbol, of South Asian origin,
existed for millennia as a sign of good fortune and wellbeing. The western
cultures were embracing the symbol of swastika. The community used the swastika
as a popular emblem by the early 20th century. They used it even in
sports like put it in hockey team jerseys. Canada seemed use it in several team symbols and all
of them got disbanded before
the World War II. There was town in northern Ontario named as swastika by the
provincial government who tried renaming it during the second world war, but
the residents of the city resisted installing it as their name and use it as a
sign by coming with the message “to hell with Hitler, we came up with our name
first”; the name hasn’t changed until this day.
Now the community is a part of Kirkland Lake,
Ont. Today, you can’t say or utter the words “Nazi” or
“Hitler” or “the Holocaust” in the West without conjuring
or remembering the images of the hooked cross, and vice versa.
None of these efforts has taken
hold. “Symbols take on cultural meaning
based on their social context,” says Christopher Todd Beer. “When
Hitler’s Third Reich used the swastika, it
became embedded in our collective memory to mean white supremacy. In the
Western world,” he continues, “there’s not enough memory of the swastika as a symbol with any other meanings for anyone to reclaim it and have it be
widely accepted.” (McIntyre,
As Hitler was the chancellor of
German, and his followers had the political party or community which they named
it As Nazi.
was his instrument, and not solely the mark of his political party: It was his
personal emblem–the surrogate of the man and the ideology. Arguably, like any
symbol, it is only as good or bad as the ideas it represents. But as the icon
of Nazism, the swastika was transformed from a
neutral vessel into something heinously criminal itself.
(HELLER, STEVEN. “INTRO SPECTIVES Swastika Guilt.”)
When Adolph Hitler, the frustrated
artist, was placed in charge of propaganda for the fledgling National Socialist
Party in 1920, he realized that the party needed a vivid symbol to distinguish
it from rival groups. He sought a design, therefore, that would attract the
masses. He used the swastika as a symbol of racial purity with a red background
on it to win over the workers.
He had convenient and effective easy
but irony reason for choosing the hooked cross. It was used by the Aryans
nomads of India in the long time like Second Millennium B.C. by referring Nazis
theory that these kind of tribe were the German ancestors and Hitler concluded
that the symbol had been always anti-Semitic.
“The hooked cross seemed to
symbolize to the action of insecure lower-middle classes which had been
struggling in uncertainty first chaotic postwar years.” (The American
correspondent- William Shirer)
The flag had a suggestive sense of
power and direction. It showed all Nazis concepts within the simple symbol they
had. (The swastika: page 14)
As Nazis goal were to punish the
innocent Jew people, the people got very scared once they see the symbol
anywhere and it reflected hatred between certain kind of groups.
Swastika Flag used as the National Flag as a symbol of the acceleration of the
Nazis anti-Semitic agenda which included the September 15, 1936, “Law for the
Protection of German Blood and Honor.” By which laws revoked or nullified. The
Jews’ citizenship in the Reich. They could not vote, marry Aryans, or employ in
domestic service, female subjects of German or kindred blood who are under the
age of 45 years. They were treated as they had no right for anything.
Jews found themselves excluded from schools, libraries, theaters, and public
transportation facilities, their Passports were stamped with the word “Jew.”
They couldn’t change their names as they were not allowed to so Jewish men had
to add the middle name as “Israel,” Jewish women the name “Sarah.” Jewish wills
that offended the sound judgement of the people could be legally voided.
Furthermore, their businesses were taken away from their owners and placed in
the hands of German trustees.
incident of Bremen made Nazi to raise their banner of hatred as their national
symbol while making the Jews into second class subjects of Germany. Hitler
believed that the Jews as the untermenschen. (The Swastika: page 15)
Mein Kampf is one of the books where Hitler said some words about the symbol; Mein
kampf means my fight in English.
Mein kampf, Adolph Hitler wrote this:
myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a
flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle.
After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the
flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the
swastika. (Heidtmann, Horst. “Swastika.”)
The group now is banned in several
places including their place of origin Germany. But we can find such kind of
people a lot in America and they don’t have that power as they used to be.
And for the symbol of swastika, it can
be seen a lot in America rather than any other countries because of the freedom
rights and protection, they think they could be safe for them.