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The Nazis were, as much as any other political group in modern history, masters of iconography and symbolism. The swastika, the eagle and wreath, the solid stone architecture, the sweeping art deco designs, the long red banners, the unique salute, the cathedral of light, and so on. They consistently used symbolism and iconography to spread their message and demonstrate their power to the world.

I'm wondering, how much of that symbolism came from Hitler himself, and how much came from people around him? Obviously some of those symbols (like the swastika and the eagle/wreath) are much older than Nazism, but someone still had to have the thought, "hey, you know that old symbol from history, let's use that."

Was that person Hitler? Or did he just approve someone else's design? I'm trying to get a sense of how much personal talent Hitler had for iconic design, vs how much talent he had for identifying talented people who could help his cause.

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Do you have a reason to believe any of these symbols come from Hitler? If not, perhaps this question is better expressed as "where did all this iconography come from". –  congusbongus Jan 8 at 7:05
@congusbongus "it is known" that Hitler was somewhat fond of heraldry; while I don't know if that's true or false, it's still a "commonly known fact", so phrasing the question this way makes sense, in this light. (I reiterate, just to be sure: I'm not saying this is correct, I'm just explaining the likely reason this question was phrased this way) –  Lohoris Jan 8 at 14:10
@congusbongus "None" is a perfectly valid answer to "how much." :) As Lohoris said, I'm coming from the assumption that Hitler provided at least some of it, because of his much-discussed interest in such matters (for example, Hitler apparently insisted on stone for the Olympic stadium rather than the architect's preference for glass), but if you can show that every instance of Nazi iconography came from other sources, that would still be a great answer! –  Alexander Winn Jan 8 at 17:49
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