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Swastika Questions

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1. How could a symbol that once meant good luck suddenly change meaning and be described as a tool of terror by the Nazis?

2. What symbolic significance did Hitler have for choosing the swastika and the colors of the Nazi flag?

3. What deeper meaning did Hitler have for discarding the traditional flag and using the Nazi flag? How did Hitler capitalize on this action?

4. Taking into account that the Nazi flag was a reminder of German pride and nationalism, how did Hitler exploit its meaning for propaganda purposes?

5. Does the United States’ flag, or the flag of any country, hold the same deep meanings and strong symbolism seen through the reactions to the Nazi flag?