How did Swastika became a symbol of Nazi Party?
I am a Hindu and I grew up seeing the Swastika each time there was something auspicious in the family. I was fascinated by this symbol because I use to get to draw this on the walls near the prayer place. My father told me that this symbol is associated with auspiciousness and that it brings prosperity and peace in home.
During my adolescent when I noticed that the symbol is also widely used by Germans, Hitler in particular then I got curious. (Actually let me confess that my childish mind developed a special bonding for Germans because of the commonality of Swastika. For a long time I had an impression that ages ago people from the Indian subcontinent would have gone to Germany and started living there).
I read more about the symbol and till date I really find this one symbol really fascinating. Swastika’s origin is traced back to Indus Valley civilization. Historians interpret the use of Swastika spread as the aryans migrated from Indus Valley towards east and towards west. Infact, Swastika is one common symbols which spreads across Europe and Asia (India, China, Tibet, Russia, Japan and far east as well) indicating the wide spread of Aryans. The symbol was even found in one of the archaeological excavations in Iran
Different civilizations might have different reasons to use this symbol. For example ancient Sanskrit scriptures associate the symbol with prosperity and peace. Buddhists also have similar notion about Swastika.
About , Hitler, being pro-aryan adopted Swastika as a symbol of the entire race (which he represented) considering the aryans to be of superior race. The aryans used it as a symbol of activeness, liveliness, power and energy. Even German’s and other historians agree that the adaptation of Swastika was from Hinduism and the idea behind it was to establish the supremacy of Aryan race as well as adopt a symbol which speaks for power.
The apathy is how one symbol is associated with hatred and war in one part of the world and the same symbol is so respected and considered holy in other parts of the world (India, Tibet, Japan etc).
the design of the flag in Mein Kampf:
“I 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.
As National Socialists, we see our program in our flag. In red, we see the social idea of the movement; in white, the nationalistic idea; in the swastika, the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work.”