sexta-feira, 17 de abril de 2009
THE SWASTIKA- UGUNSKRUSTS
Let us deal with this issue right off the top.
You will notice that many of the aircraft depicted on this site carry the insignia commonly known as the Swastika.
I am very aware of the painful association which many of us have with this symbol. Please understand that the symbol had a history and usage which dates from long before the nazis co-opted it. In Latvia, it was called the Ugunskrusts (which translates as "fire cross") and was a positive cultural symbol centuries before the first nazi was born. The latvian aviators adopted this symbol in 1919, and its use continued until 1940.
The symbol appears here in this historical context only.
It would be a great error for the reader to infer any political statement from its inclusion here.