POTENT SYMBOL: Since the Hitler era, the swastika has been adopted by racists skinheads. But going back into history some 3000 years, the ancient symbol had more positive associations.
POTENT SYMBOL: Since the Hitler era, the swastika has been adopted by racists skinheads. But going back into history some 3000 years, the ancient symbol had more positive associations.

Lismore resident flies Nazi flag

A LISMORE resident raised the hackles of politically correct neighbours yesterday when he flew the Nazi flag above his home in Dibbs Street.

The move, generated specifically to gauge a reaction according to the flag’s owner – who asked to remain anonymous – was certain to create waves coming just days after Anzac Day and on the very anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s death.

Police attended the premises after a complaint was lodged, but the flag’s owner had already removed the offending symbol and put it back in his bedroom.

“As far as I’m aware it is not illegal to fly the Nazi flag,” he had said. “I haven’t broken any law.”

Born on April 20, 1889, the infamous Fuhrer was pronounced dead on April 30, 1945.

While Hitler and the Nazi Party made the swastika infamous, the graphic symbol was created long before Germany ever existed.

In fact, it one of the oldest known symbols. Artefacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BC.

The word ‘swastika’ comes from the Sanskrit svastika – ‘su’ meaning ‘good’, ‘asti’ meaning ‘to be’, and ‘ka’ as a suffix. The swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.



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