WWII German NSDAP Nazi cotton flag. Amazing quality, looks absolutely original, showing incredible aging and wear, Approximately 3 x 5.
After rejecting many suggestions and colors, the process of choosing a new flag: “I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle. After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the swastika.” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)
Following the Nazi Party seizing control of the country on 30 January 1933, the black-red-gold tri-color flag was discarded; a ruling on 12 March established two legal national flags: the reintroduced black-white-red imperial tri-color and the flag of the Nazi Party.
Nazi ensigns had a through and through image, so the “left-facing” and “right-facing” version were each present on one side. However, the Nazi flag on land was right-facing on both sides.
Albert Speer, in his book Inside the Third Reich, stated that: “in only two other designs did he (Adolf Hitler) execute the same care as he did his Obersalzberg house: that of the Reich War Flag and his own standard of Chief of State”, showing that Hitler was an avid vexillographer (flag designer).
An off-centered disk version of the swastika flag was used as the civil ensign on German-registered civilian ships and was used as the Jack on Kriegsmarine warships. There is debate as to whether the off-centered disk flag was the official national flag from 1935 to 1945, such as at the popular vexillogy site, Flags of the World. References from Third Reich books that display the country’s flags always show the centered-disk version as Germany’s national flag. One book published by the Third Reich in 1937, Du bist Sofort im Bilde (‘You Are Informed Immediately’, a guide book to the organization of the Third Reich) displays a centered-disk German flag as Germany’s national flag. A book published one year earlier in 1936 in the Third Reich, Deutscher Beamten-Kalender 1936 (‘German Civil Servants Yearbook 1936’) also displays the centered-disk flag as the national flag, beside it the off-centered disk flag is described for use on a “Kriegsschiff” (warship). Also the centered-disk flag was commonly used by civilians and the German armed forces aside from the navy.
From 1933 to at least 1938 in Nazi Germany, before any official swastika flag went into use, it had to be put into a ceremony where it touched the “Blutfahne” or Blood flag, the swastika flag used by Nazi paramilitaries during the failed Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. This lengthy ceremony took place at every Nuremberg Rally. It is unknown whether this tradition was continued after the last Nuremberg rally in 1938.
The Nazi flag takes its colors from the Bismarck-tri-color; nevertheless, Hitler added new symbolism to the colors, stating that white stood for nationalism, red for socialism and the newly added swastika for the “Aryan race.” The fact that red is the dominant color of the flag can be explained by the fact that Hitler desired a flag that could match the flaming red flag of the communists in marches and rallies. The swastika was probably taken from the symbology of Thule-Gesellschaft, a Munich based anti-Jewish German nationalist occultist group to which the early Nazi party had close bonds.
Before the Swastika became predominantly known as a symbol of Nazism during the World War II era, the swastika was a symbol used around much of the world for various purposes; it’s even known to have adorned early synagogues as a decorative pattern. It first showed up in Sumeria in 3000 BC. Its name derives from the Sanskrit words su (good) and asti (being). The swastika was mostly associated with the sun and power, life strength and cyclic regeneration, but was also often used to represent a supreme deit