The National Socialist's rightful and proper use of the swastika was an outward sign to the world that the Aryan volk had once again reconnected with their ancient past. Free of alien dogma and creed, other symbols came to the forefront of Germanic society - symbols that had been lost but once again recovered.
To the scholars and intellectuals of the Ahnenerbe - the principal symbol of the Volksgemeinschaft was the Irminsul. The Irminsul became a sign of the Ahnenerbe and an emblem for many book publishers - an unconscious manifestation for the quest for knowledge!
The revival of the Irminsul symbol today has its roots directly in the volkish circles that existed within National Socialist Germany.
Emblem of the 'Ahnenerbe Stiftung Verlag Berlin'
Ahnenerbe book publishers
below - Irminsul logo of the 'Verlag Grenze Ausland Berlin' book publishers,
who produced books on the famous volkish artist Wolfgang Willrich.
below - yet another stylised version of the Irminsul - from the cover of the book 'The Battle for German Honour' published by Velhagen & Klasing
The Irminsul revived in German volkish art
The Irminsul used on the cover of 'Odal' - the National Socialist publication produced by Walther Darré dedicated to Blood and Soil. The artist again was Wolfgang Willrich.
Below - the Irminsul in two of Hugo Höppener's (Fidus) pieces -
Höppener joined the NSDAP in 1932.