The Peasant Salute!
In this woodcut print, by SA member Georg Sluyterman, we see how the German National Socialists championed the values of the German Peasantry.
The picture shows a German Peasant from around 1525 - time of the Peasant Revolts. In his left hand he holds the banner of the German Peasant - the Bundschuh. The Bundschuh was a peasant shoe fashioned from a single piece of leather, tied around the ankle. The importance of the Bundschuh as a symbol was in its etymology, as it contained the word 'Bund' - which means to bind or come together in union. The National Socialist Farmers periodical was named the Bundschuh.
The peasants right hand is raised in the Peasant Salute - the two forefingers and thumb, creating a Life Rune. This Salute was used when swearing oaths and was revived by the National Socialists.
Copy of the Bundschuh newspaper, a National Socialist paper that championed the rural class.
Members of the SS swear an oath. Their left hand laid upon a sword - their right hand raised in the Peasant Salute.