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Nazi Swastika with Iron Cross
Symbol Type

Neo-Nazi Symbol

Also Known As

N/A

Traditional Use/Origins

The Iron Cross (without the swastika) was a medal that originated during the Napoleonic Wars and became one of the world’s most easily recognized military decorations.

Hate Group/Extremist Organization

Neo-Nazis

Extremist Meaning or Representation

Demonstrates a belief in National Socialism

Background/History

Adolph Hitler renewed use of the Iron Cross in 1939 and superimposed the Nazi swastika in its center. Following the fall of the Third Reich, the symbol became strictly prohibited in post-war Germany. Today, the symbol is often displayed by neo-Nazi groups, especially as jewelry (e.g., pendants). The Iron Cross without the swastika is also frequently used as a hate symbol in the same manner as the Nazi-era Iron Cross. It is sometimes used for shock effect as it conjures up images of Nazi Germany and its military without being explicitly Nazi itself. In this guise, it is often displayed on clothing and accessories.



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