With its yellow and black swastikas, the swastika was a symbol of the Nazi party and Nazi Germany.
In the 1950s, it was also used by right-wing groups to identify individuals they deemed to be traitors to Germany.
It was also associated with the Ku Klux Klan, a hate group which used the swastikards to brand their members.
Now, as part of an ongoing series of exhibitions, New Scientist looks at how the swastishas have changed in the past two centuries.
This is a short article that contains some of the most interesting images in our exhibition.
1:12 A swastika from the 1880s 2:20 A swastikard from the 1920s 3:13 A swastike from the 1950