VIDEO: The Story of the Swastika – BBC

Swastika use in the USA

At last, the BBC has produced an excellent video explaining how Hitler hijacked the swastika–a symbol of auspiciousness used by ancient cultures worldwide and held sacred by Hindus–and distorted its meaning so that the Western world now regards it with fear and loathing, as a symbol of hatred and genocide. Footage of Nazi Germany is contrasted with the swastika’s uses and significance in Hindu culture and religious observances. Although the narrator doubts we can ever effect a complete recovery (even saying that Hitler “changed the perception of the swastika in the West forever”), the video ends on a very positive note, hypothesizing the day when each child’s early exposure to the swastika will be in terms of its traditional, benevolent uses and meanings–and the later knowledge of Hitler’s misuse of it will be met with the same sense of sock, horror and outrage that Hindus themselves feel. “And if we can get to that point, then Hitler will have finally been defeated.” – Hinduism Today, 1 August 2014

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  1. Swastika

    As a young boy Hitler served in the Benedictine Abbey in Lambach, Austria. A prominent decoration in the abbey was the escutcheon over the door which had a swastika in its centre (see image). Many scholars believe he adopted this swastika later as the Nazi Party emblem.

    In any case the design was not new to him as the swastika was universal and found as a decoration on many old churches and public buildings throughout Europe.

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  2. The story is greatly appreciated. Hindus and the Jewish people have an age-old relationship and understanding. They were one of the earliest communities to escape persecution in their own lands and come to India. They are well aware of the Hindu cultural ways. The Jewish people, even though small in number, were and are learned and highly educated people. They have gone through suffering at the hands of virtually every European and Islamic country. It is interesting to know how Hitler chose the Swastika as the Nazi emblem? European scholars of Sanskrit and Hindu history are to a great extent responsible in introducing the idea of a Super Race of the Aryans and their favorite insignia, the Swastika. The Germans fell for it. The West looks at the symbol of Swastika as a symbol of hatred and genocide. It would be interesting to know, which country in the West didn’t have ago, in some manner, at the Jewish people, with or without the Swastika emblem?

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