An extremely ancient symbol that dates back to Neolithic times it has use has been found worldwide and it has featured in many religions including Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Until the rise of the Nazis in Germany (1920 – 1945) it was broadly seen as a positive symbol meaning good luck. The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit “suastika” – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.
In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi Party needed its own insignia and flag. For Hitler, it had to be “a symbol of our own struggle” as well as “highly effective as a poster.” (Mein Kampf). He expressed his design of the flag as: “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.”
The modern (Nazi) Swastika is still one of the most powerful symbols and is still associated with Nazi ideology, Aryan beliefs, white supremacy, anti-Semitism and the Nazis (both historic and modern).