The Swastika Used To Be A Universally Positive Symbol
Though in the west the image of the swastika has been tainted with references to anti-semitism and genocide, it wasn't meant to be that way. The swastika was used for thousands of years as a symbol of luck and prosperity recognized around the world. The word swastika was derived from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "well-being." Hitler felt the evidence that the symbol was widely used by ancient Indo-Europeans proved that Germans were the master race. Thus, he adopted the swastika to represent Nazi Germany.