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In each instance, the right-facing form was selected and the symbol was tilted 45 degrees to the horizontal to highlight the meshed "S" letter shapes for "socialism" under the National Socialist German Workers Party as shown in Swastika Secrets by Dr. Rex Curry. The same symbolism was shown in Hitler's own bizarre signature, which Hitler altered to use the same stylized "S" letter for "socialist," and similar alphabetic symbolism still shows on Volkswagens.

This information should be available on the Swastika page at Wikipedia, which is linked in the article. --From Andoria with Love 12:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

The site linked seems kind of inflammatory -- while it lists many factual revelations about the history of the symbol, it seems to be a rhetoric condemning socialism as a whole, mixed in with information about the origin of the National Socialist salutes/symbols.. also if we are going to have an external link, i'd prefer it to be a site with better grammar. -- Captain M.K. Bartel 15:14, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Agreed. It's the same old argument anyway, this sign comes from that sign come from that sign. Is it really that hard to realize that we just keep intersecting a handful of lines? Sometime we put circles around them... wooo! Jaf 15:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)Jaf
Googling quickly reveals that Wikipedia isn't terribly impressed with the results of "Dr." Curry's research, either... ;) -- Cid Highwind 15:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

some more removed stuff Edit

I've removed a various facts that aren't supported by canon, for example the 1920 date for adoption by the nazi party. That's what wikipedia links are for. I've also completely removed this sentence:

With their defeat at the end of World War II, the symbol became tainted with an indelible connotation with hate and tyranny at its most ruthlessly destructive.

Probably true, but the only thing we know for sure is that the symbol hasn't been seen in non-nazi context since in the ST universe. Incidently, it has not been seen in said context before. So perhaps somewhat more controversial, I've also removed the whole intro section :

...was originally used by many Earth cultures to represent luck, the sun or reincarnation. It was used as a religious symbol by several faiths, most notably the Hindu and Buddhist religions of India.

It's really not fair to the many meanings of the symbol, but as far as (canon) star trek is concerned, the Nazi usage is the only (known) usage. -- Capricorn 15:19, November 8, 2010 (UTC)

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