Overview of Holocaust

The Holocaust or Shoah,1 the genocide directed primarily against the Jews of Europe, developed gradually and inexorably with small discriminatory measures such as university quota limits for Jews and the prohibition of Jewish ownership of German land (both in 1933) and escalated with the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 that defined what it meant to be a Jew,2 deprived Jews of German citizenship and legally prohibited them from a variety of occupations and rights of citizenship. At the same time laws were passed making sexual relations between Germans and those of unacceptable race into a new crime called "Racial Pollution" (Rassenschande) that was punishable by a variety of sanctions up to and including the death penalty for both participants

Definition/Background Indformation

an ancient symbol in the form of an equal-armed cross with each arm continued at a right angle, used (in clockwise form) as the emblem of the German Nazi Party

Original Research Question

What was the original reason for the Swastika symbol?


“When I was a schoolboy in England, the old bound volumes of Kipling in the library had gilt swastikas embossed on their covers. The symbol's 'hooks' were left-handed, as opposed to the right-handed ones of the Nazi hakenkreuz, but for a boy growing up after 1945 the shock of encountering the emblem at all was a memorable one. I later learned that in the mid-1930s Kipling had caused this 'signature' to be removed from all his future editions. Having initially sympathized with some of the early European fascist movements, he wanted to express his repudiation of Hitlerism (or 'the Hun,' as he would perhaps have preferred to say), and wanted no part in tainting the ancient Indian rune by association. In its origin it is a Hindu and Jainas symbol for light, and well worth rescuing.”


* a symbol of good luck

* If we look at the Geometrical side of the Swastika, it can be regarded as an irregular icosagon or 20-sided polygon.

* The Swastika is considered a dynamic solar symbol, also representing the four elements; earth, air, fire and water.

* Apart of being a religious symbol, it was used as a decorative symbol in numerous cultures since at least the Neolithic period.