Carl 1945, they banned the display of the

Carl Finnemore

1/22/18

MLA Report

 

             The Swastika symbol had a different meaning in
the past and now has some different meanings today.

The swastika is an ancient symbol often used
as an ornament or a religious sign. The swastika is in the form of a cross with
the ends of the arms bent at right angles in a given direction, usually
clockwise. The swastika has been found on Byzantine buildings, Buddhist
inscriptions, Celtic monuments, and Greek coins. Swastikas were widely used
symbols among the Indians of North America and South America. The clockwise
swastika was adopted in 1920 as the symbol of the National Socialist Party of
Germany. As such it came to be one of the most hated symbols in the history of
humanity. It came to stand for all the evil associated with the Nazis as they
gained control of Europe before and during World War II. After the Allies
defeated Germany in 1945, they banned the display of the swastika emblem.(Smith,”Swastika”)

The Nazi’s, led by Adolf Hitler,
built a large number or detention facilities and prisons to contain those who
were seen to be enemies to the state. These “Concentration Camps” were made up
mostly of German Communists, Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals, and most others
who showed deviant behavior. After the German were annexed, the Concentration
Camos were flooded with Jews. A number of these camps were “Forced Labor” and
“Prisoner of War” camps. In these camps, thousands of the prisoners died from
exhaustion and starvation. To kill off large populations of the Jews, they
would be set to “Killing Centers”, where large masses of people would be
gassed.

Although Hitler used the
Swastika, it was found to be used more than 5,000 years prior! The word
Swastika literally mean “Good Fortune” or “Well Being”, how ironic? Adolf
Hitler gave his own twist to the Swastika that made it such a hateful symbol.
Hitler gave the symbol its own meaning, that being, “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.” Its hate filled
racist intentions are very clear, it wasn’t innocent to the Nazi’s and it is
still a negative symbol today with the White Supremacists.

There was so much more to the
Holocaust than just the Concentration Camps. The Nazi’s staged boycotts of all
Jewish shops and goods. Nazi storm troopers stormed the streets and blocked the
entrances to stores and flaunted signs that read as such, “Germans, defend
yourselves against the Jewish atrocity propaganda, buy only at German shops.”
In an effort to synchronize the community, the Nazi’s even went to the extent
of burning books. Hitlers goal was to bring every individual under his power
and rule the way that he wanted it done. There was no room for any
interceptions!

There were three different
police forces under Adolf Hitler’s rule. First was the Ordnungspolizei “regular
police” followed by Sicherheitspolizei “security police” and last was the
Sicherheitsdienst “security service”. The Nazi police force was put in place to
ensure that you followed the rules, or you paid the price. They worked put a
rule that if you said nothing, no harm would come to you. If you didn’t agree
or like what was happening, you were best off to keep it to yourself or, you
would pay the price. Of course, many people did not vote for the Nazi’s. Those
groups of people were under heavy surveillance to insure they were kept under
control.  The police were allowed to
arrest with only suspicion. They did not have to have any actual cause or proof
to seize somebody. Once taken in to custody, individuals were made to sign
themselves into prison or be beaten until they did. If neither were a success,
the signatures would simply be forged.

Holocaust the
mass murder of Jews and other groups by the Nazis from 1933 to 1945. The
museum, which is in Washington, D.C., features films, photographs, eyewitness
accounts, and various objects from the time. Its facilities include a library
and an interactive learning center.

The museum’s
permanent exhibition is arranged to follow the history of the Holocaust. It
begins with the rise of Nazism during the 1930’s and concludes with the Allied
liberation of concentration camps (camps for prisoners) at the end of
World War II. The objects on display include a train car used to take Jews to
concentration camps.In 1980, Congress established the United States Holocaust
Memorial Council to oversee the construction of a museum honoring the victims
of the Holocaust. Funds for constructing the museum came entirely from private donations.
The museum opened in 1993.(Holocaust Memorial Museum)

 

 

 

Work Cited

 

Smith, Whitney.
“Swastika.” World Book Advanced, World Book, 2018,
www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar541780. Accessed 19 Jan. 2018.

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/mobile/en/article.php?Moduled=10005144

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-brought-swastika-germany-and-how-nazis-stole-it-180962812/

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/nazi-germany/the-naz-police-state/