The swastika was adopted by Germany’s Nazi Party. Prior to the
Nazis co-opting this symbol, it was known as a good luck symbol
and was used by various religious groups. Hitler made the Nazi swastika
unique to his party by reversing the normal direction of the symbol
so that it appeared to spin clockwise. Today, it is widely used,
in various incarnations, by neo-Nazis, racist skinheads and other
white supremacist groups.