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N005566 NSDAP/NATIONAL WALL BANNER. (Politisch Fahne)

BACKGROUND: Probably one of the most recognizable pieces of insignia associated with the Nazi regime is the swastika flag. Utilized by pretty much by all the organization of the Third Reich in one form or another. The swastika, (a Sanskrit word meaning "well being"), is an ancient symbol that was utilized in numerous diverse cultures and signified both the cycle of life and the sun. The swastika was also a Nordic rune and the pagan Germanic symbol for Thor, God of Adventurers. During WWI the swastika began to represent national and anti-Semitic leanings in such organizations as the Thule society and other German nationalistic movements and later, assorted Freikorps groups. In the midsummer of 1920 Hitler adopted the swastika as the premier symbol of the NSDAP. In "Mein Kampf", Hitler states that although numerous party members had proposed the swastika and red, black and white as the party emblem and colors it was he himself who came up with the final design. The flag itself was adopted as the national flag of Germany after Hitler's rise to power in 1933.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Small size, much higher quality than you normally see for this style. Multi-piece cotton construction banner approximately 155cm x 35cm. To both its red fields are sewn an 19cm diameter white disks, with a printed mobile swastikas in black. The entire outside edge of the flag is trimmed with a double gilt tress and gilt wire. The swastika is also trimmed in gilt wire. Shows the expected light age toning, but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $298.00

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