German Nazi Swastika Flag

German Nazi Swastika Flag

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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.”
Object Name
flag, national
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 29 in x 49 in; 73.66 cm x 124.46 cm
ID Number
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World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My wife has the swastika flag that flew over the Berlin Olympic Stadium where Hitler often addressed the German public , that her father cut the rope pulled down and stamped on with his feet at the end of the second world wall. The foot prints still remain on this perfect example.
Flag for educational purposes only.
I specifically collect flags from that period. Someone has to save them.
I have the flag that flew over Hitler's office in Berlin during the invasion. My Father climbed out on the pole and cut it down and brought it home. It's unlike any other flag that I have seen or can find. I have it stored away to preserve it. It is in pristine condition
Don that is amazing. Almost all Nazi artifacts were destroyed. I'm glad other people out there are preserving history.

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