National Museum of American History, Behring Center
German “Nazi” Swastika Flag
Catalog #: 1977.0788.03 Accession #: 1977.0788
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 29" H x 49" W
Red wool bunting cloth with white circle in center. In the center of the white circle is a swastika.
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 7 August 1920, at the Salzburg Congress, this flag became the official emblem of the Nazi Party. In Mein Kampf, 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.
Countries: Austria, Germany
War: World War II