In many cultures, the Swastika has been a common symbol of good luck, friendship, or other friendly wishes for centuries, until the Nazis co-opted it.
In 1925, even Coca-Cola used the symbol to make this lucky brass watch fob. (Via AdBranch)
Everyone knows that the swastika is a symbol of hatred and cruelty, synonymous with fascism that led to one of the most destructive wars humanity has ever witnessed. But did you know that before the Nazis used it, this symbol had a history dating back almost 12.000 years?
In many cultures, the Swastika has been a common symbol of good luck, friendship, or other friendly wishes for centuries, until the Nazis co-opted it. This vintage postcard (date unknown) features a Native American wishing the recipient a “Heap Heap Much Luck”, and included a swastika patch that one could stitch on their necktie for good luck. (Via Postcardiva)
the swastika symbol was known for symbol of auspiciousness before the Nazis took it and used it for their twisted reasons. Regardless of what it stands for in other cultures, Germany will not allow anything with the swastika symbol to be used in their country. So do you know what racial extremists in Germany use instead?
1950 - Tens of thousands of Belgians went on strike and took to the streets to protest the return of Leopold III as King of Belgium, after he had surrendered the country to Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In the end he was forced to abdicate and give the throne to his son.
Some of the gifs show the recently liberated Belgian citizens giving Hitler salutes to the King and to the police brought in to squash the protests. [video]/[video]/[video]