The swastika has been used as a symbol of good luck, happiness and truth by very diverse cultures in many locations all over the globe since prehistory. Today it can still be seen throughout Asia as a symbol of general good luck. In Nepal, for instance, it features not only on religious monuments but also on wrought iron gates, above doorways, embroidered on clothes, bags and belts, as a logo for food manufacturers, and even as a sign on drainage man holes! However, this ancient symbol has been much maligned. In the 20th century, the right-turning swastika - or more correctly, the Hakenkreuz (hook-cross) - was adopted by the German Nazis as their emblem. In fact, the Nazis simply hijacked the symbol of the clockwise swastika, fabricating their own interpretation (unrelated to the original one) in order to fit it within their doctrine of Aryan supremacy and anti-Semitism. This is how Adolf Hitler explained the symbology behind the Nazi flag in his Mein Kampf:
'As National Socialists, we see our program in our flag. In red, we see the social idea of the movement; in white, the nationalistic idea; in the swastika, the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic.'