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I was reading a children's  book and noticed something odd. Swastikas! Now I'm not one to get offended at every little thing, but this just seems odd and inappropriate for a children's picture book.

The book is Animalia by Graeme Base. It's an animal oriented alphabet book. According to Wikipedia, over 4 million copies have been sold worldwide. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animalia_(book)

 

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https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/symbol-swastika-and-its-12000-year-old-history-001312



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I know the history of the swastika. That is quite clearly a Nazi swastika.

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Swastikas were part of a very popular "Indian-style" decorative motif in the Twenties. I've seen 1920s apartment buildings that had them incorporated into the ceramic tile floors in the vestibules and entranceways. My cousin lived in one in the late Seventies, in inner-city Detroit, where there were many such buildings. 

I'm a bit surprised they weren't covered over during World War II...but there were probably too many of them to cover, and people had other things on their minds...like working three shifts, seven days a week, to produce all the stuff that helped to win that war.

Most of the buildings are either gone or are crumbling, burned-out hulks that look like Berlin in 1945. Whole blocks of them. It's a sad sight. And yes, their swastikas were the same as Nazi swastikas, though some were what we would call "backwards"...

Our friends own a 1920s Ouija board that has a swastika on it, right next to a six-pointed star. Go figure.

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You guys, seriously. I know the history of the swastika. That is not a hindu swastika.

The first one is next to a Communist sickle. The second one is on the "N" page. (This is a book where everything hidden in the picture starts with the same letter.)



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This is the board my friends have...they found it in the lakeside cottage they inherited fifteen years ago...

Hmm...your image looks like the flags of Switzerland, Germany, America, and Russia are all side-by-side...

That's very bizarre...what year was that book originally copyrighted? That's some strange shit!

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This book was written in 1986.



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ghostal wrote:

I know the history of the swastika. That is quite clearly a Nazi swastika.


Does the angle of orientation of the symbol tell you that or it its proximity to the American flag and the sickle? Not calling you out, just wondering.

 

From my view, no matter what it's history, the swastika will never outlive it's association with Nazis. 

 



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ghostal wrote:

I know the history of the swastika. That is quite clearly a Nazi swastika.


Does the angle of orientation of the symbol tell you that or it its proximity to the American flag and the sickle? Not calling you out, just wondering.

 

From my view, no matter what it's history, the swastika will never outlive it's association with Nazis. 

 


 Yes, in the first picture the other symbols give context as well as it being tilted. For the second picture, it is on the "N" page.



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