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The end of the use of the swastika

If you like old books and maps, printed before World War II, you have seen the swastika. It goes by many names, but, well, it's a swastika. And although I consider myself a pretty good time-traveler, and I know that it didn't have its evil meaning before it was used by the Nazis, it's still pretty shocking to see.

It's an ancient good luck symbol that has been used for centuries by many cultures, but once it became associated with the Nazis, it was forever tainted. If you know your history of World War II, and the Nazis, and the horror they created, you understand. If you don't, then it's time that you learned.

And just to clarify, no, it's not not a conspiracy if you see a swastika on something that was created before World War II. Before the Nazis, it had no evil connotations, but after the Nazis, it did.

So I will not post images of swastikas, nor will I defend its use. No amount of time-traveling can remove its stain, and horror.

Image above: Fred Kaboti, Hopi (left), and Miguel Flores, Apache, are about to sign a parchment document proclaiming the ban in 1940 on the use of the traditional swastika symbol from all designs in their basket weaving and blanket making as a protest against Nazi acts of oppression.

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