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Post More Pre-WWII Swastikas; Salamanca's "Victor" Symbol
Created by John Eipper on 08/29/17 11:10 AM

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More Pre-WWII Swastikas; Salamanca's "Victor" Symbol (Jose Manuel de Prada, -Spain, 08/29/17 11:10 am)

Swastikas figured prominently in the cover and title page of all the volumes of Rudyard Kipling's collected works until, I guess, the eve of World War II.

In this case it was, certainly, the Buddhist symbol, as I imagine it was the case for the NAACP magazine.

It is indeed a huge problem when a more or less harmless symbol is given a more sinister meaning by a political movement.

One example in Spain is the Victor / Vitor anagram you can see all over some buildings in Salamanca, referring to people who have successfully defended a doctoral thesis at the University.

It was appropriated by the rebels after they won the Civil War, and many people still think it is a Francoist symbol, while it certainly it is not.

JE comments:  The Salamanca "Víctor" sign (below) is so catchy that Franco copied it upon his victory in 1939.  A shame, really, as it contaminated a very cool symbol of academic achievement.

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