This page will help you understand the significance of the Nazi flag
Read the information on this page and use the links above to complete the tasks below. Your answers must be handed in at the end of todays lesson
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.
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."
Because of the Nazis' flag, the swastika soon became a symbol of hate, antisemitism, violence.
1. What symbolic significance did Hitler have for choosing the swastika and the colours of the Nazi flag?
2. What deeper meaning did Hitler have for discarding the traditional flag and using the Nazi flag? How did Hitler capitalize on this action?
3. In your opinion should the swastika be banned from public display today. Give reasons for your answer