The SS inspiration from Hitler's signature

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The SS inspiration from Hitler's signature

Post by okw » 21 Nov 2004 02:43

Hi

posted this elsewhere but here may be a better place.

The SS invented their own name but where did the design come from? Was it Hitler's idea? If not, he was not from from being used as a source for the shape of the S's...

Notice the shape of the name Adolf.
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Post by Karl » 21 Nov 2004 02:45

They are runes.

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Post by Doggowitz » 21 Nov 2004 02:45

The S in SS is a Nordic Rune (Sigrune).

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Post by okw » 21 Nov 2004 03:42

The Sig-Rune or Siegrune was symbolic of victory. In 1932 SS man Walter Heck an employee of the badge manufacturer firm of Ferdinand Hoffstatter drew two sig-runes side by side and the rest, so to speak, is history.
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http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/8514/runes.html

Oh, well, still a strange coincidence.

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Post by P-51 Baby » 21 Nov 2004 23:15

okw wrote:
The Sig-Rune or Siegrune was symbolic of victory. In 1932 SS man Walter Heck an employee of the badge manufacturer firm of Ferdinand Hoffstatter drew two sig-runes side by side and the rest, so to speak, is history.
Good website:

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/8514/runes.html

Oh, well, still a strange coincidence.
Thanks for the link... highly interesting... :)

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Post by jmh8300 » 29 Nov 2004 14:42

According to Robin Lumsden's book "Himmler's Black Order" P146:

"The Sig-Rune (also known as the Siegrune) was symbolic of victory. In 1931, SS Sturmführer Walter Heck, who was a graphic desginer employed by the badge manufacturing firm of Ferdinand Hoffstätter in Bonn, drew two Sig-Runes side by side and thus created the ubiquitous "SS Runes" insignia widely used by all branches of the organisation after 1933. The SS paid him 2.50 Reichsmarks for the rights to his design! Heck was also responsible for the "SA Runes" badge, which combined a runic 'S' with a Gothic 'A'."

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Post by Karl » 01 Dec 2004 02:29

It always struck me how very ‘modern’ the design (still) looks.

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