The Nazi’s ripped off the Swastika from the Hindu culture. It’s been a sacred symbol for thousands of years.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
“The swastika (from Sanskrit: svástika स्वस्तिक ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. The swastika can also be drawn as a traditional swastika, but with a second 90° bend in each arm.
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. An ancient symbol, it occurs mainly in the cultures that are in modern day India and the surrounding area, sometimes as a geometrical motif (as in the Roman Republic and Empire) and sometimes as a religious symbol. It was long widely used in major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Though once commonly used all over much of the world without stigma, because of its iconic usage in Nazi Germany the symbol has become controversial in the Western world.”
Amazingly enough, there are places where people have never heard of Nazi Germany. I was in Taiwan last month, and one of the ppl I met there, a university-educated woman, had no clue what that flag was when I saw it on a sticker and asked her how it could be sold in a dollar shop. She had never been taught about World War 2, not the European portion of it anyway.
The swastika is a common theme in a lot of cultures, however that symbol in that position with the red backdrop and the white circle and that orientation is clearly based on the one used in Nazi Germany.