German Nazi Swastika Flag


Physical Description

Red wool bunting cloth with white circle in center. In the center of the white circle is a swastika.

General History

In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi Party needed its own insignia and flag. For Hitler, the new flag had to be “a symbol of our own struggle” as well as “highly effective as a poster.” On August 7, 1920, at the Salzburg Congress, this flag became the official emblem of the Nazi Party. In Mein Kampf, Hitler described the Nazis' new 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, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic.”

Used: Germany

Subject: FlagsRelated Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0788.03Catalog Number: 1977.0788.03Accession Number: 1977.0788

Object Name: flag, national

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 29 in x 49 in; 73.66 cm x 124.46 cm


Record Id: nmah_1357427

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