Sturmabteilung

Sturmabteilung

The Sturmabteilung (or SA) symbol is the emblem of Hitler's brownshirted stormtroopers (Sturmabteilung or "storm units" in German).  The Sturmabteilung were paramilitary formations used by Hitler to intimidate political opponents and Jews before and after his rise to power in Germany.  It declined after 1934 when its leaders were murdered at Hitler's orders and was largely supplanted by the SS.  After World War II, some neo-Nazis, especially in Europe, turned to the Sturmabteilung symbol after other, more recognizable Nazi symbols were banned.  In this way, the Sturmabteilung symbol became a fairly common white supremacist symbol.

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