Swastika graffiti found in Manistee, Michigan

Swastikas were found graffiti in the town of Manistee, in the US state of Michigan, according to the Manistee News Lawyer earlier this week.

The report came a week after the same symbol, widely associated with Nazi Germany, was found painted on roads in neighboring Filer township.

“My husband and I have removed several swastikas from the Riverwalk over the past few weeks. I have a video of me erasing one that was drawn in chalk near US Bridge 31 on September 17th, and we have also done the same on several other occasions at various locations along the Riverwalk, ”local resident Rhonda Greene wrote in emails to Lawyer.

Greene said she believed some of the swastikas were painted by children, because “the arms were the wrong way round”, but another example of anti-Semitic graffiti appeared to have been left behind by someone who ” knew what they were doing, “Zide said. .

Paul Bosschem, another resident of Manistee, claimed he had also seen swastikas in the town, saying: “I removed 2 of them at Veterans Memorial Park when I was washing stone and concrete with electricity. . They were chalked and came off with no problem. I just thought (it was) kids messing around. I didn’t report it to anyone. “

Visitors to an exhibit view Nazi flags and banners bearing swastikas at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. (credit: REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun)

The article notes that before the adoption of the swastika by Nazi Germany, the symbol was important in other cultures, including Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
A 2014 BBC article said that “Unique swastikas began to appear in the Neolithic culture of Vinca in southeastern Europe around 7,000 years ago. But that is at age. bronze that they spread throughout Europe “.

Additionally, in the 1800s, Germans noted similarities between the German language and Sanskrit when translating Indian documents, which led them to believe that Germans and Indians had common Aryan ancestry.

“This idea has been seized by anti-Semitic nationalist groups who have appropriated the swastika as an Aryan symbol to reinforce the meaning of the ancient lineage for the Germanic people,” the article said.

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