SWASTIKA SYMBOLISM FOR SOCIALISM UNDER GERMAN NATIONAL SOCIALISM
There is no reason to believe that the leader of the National Socialist
German Workers' Party was even aware of any meaning for the swastika other
than as a symbol of an existing socialist group. There is no evidence
anywhere that he was aware of any sanskrit origin or meaning for the swastika.
The popular old angle is all built on myth. Hitler and German socialists called the symbol a Hakenkreuz, not a swastika.
John Toland’s lengthy book “Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography” on page
86 states, “Drexler [Anton Drexler] suggested calling their group the German
Socialist Party (the same name of a similarly motivated party founded a year
earlier [1916?] in Bohemia [Czeckoslovakia], whose emblem incidentally, was
Toland asserts that when the leader of the National Socialist German Workers’
Party adopted the swastika, it was already in use as a symbol for a socialist
group, a fact known by Hitler when selecting the symbol.
Toland provides no footnote or reference for his claim, and it is unfortunate
that Toland died in 2004 and cannot be asked for details about the earlier
Party’s use of the swastika.
On page 105 Toland writes "Finally, a dentist from Starnberg submitted a
flag which had been used at the foundiing meeting of his own party local:
a swastika against a black-white-red background."
Another entry in Toland’s book (p 183) makes reference to Hans Knirsch, founder
of the National Socialist Workers Party in Czeckoslovakia also known as the
Sudetendeutsche National Sozialistische Partei or Sudeten-German National
If the swastika was a symbol of the Sudetendeutsche National Sozialistische
Partei, then it provides another interpretation for the swastika's two overlapping
"S" letters: "Sudeten Socialism" or even "Southern Socialism." The
word "Sudeten" came to mean "Southern" for many Germans, even though the
original etymology is unclear.
The German Army marched into the Sudetenland on 1st October, 1938.