« Previous Next »


Symbol type: Neo-Nazi Symbol
Symbol Description: It resembles to some degree a backwards letter "Z": a straight line (horizontal or vertical) with sharp hooks on each end and a short line intersecting it in the middle.
Also Known As: Wolf's Hook, Dopplehaken
Traditional Use/Origins: The Wolfsangel is an ancient runic symbol that was believed to be able to ward off wolves. Historically, it appeared in Germany in many places, ranging from guidestones on the sides of roads to heraldic use in the coats of arms of various towns; there is even a German city called Wolfsangel.
Hate Group/Extremist Organization: Neo-Nazis
Extremist Meaning or Representation: See below
Background/History: Along with many other runic symbols, the Wolfsangel was adopted by the Waffen-SS during the Nazi era in Germany. It appeared as part of the divisional insignia of several Waffen-SS units, including the notorious 2nd SS "Das Reich" Panzer Division. As a result, it became a symbol of choice for neo-Nazis in Europe and the United States. The Aryan Nations logo is derived from the Wolfsangel; the symbol was also used by European groups such as the Jungen (Youth)