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Press Information published by the International Auschwitz Committee


Trump and the Nazi symbol of the Odal Rune

CPAC Odal Rune stage

CPAC Odal Rune stage




At the Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Trump gave his comeback speech on a stage based on the widespread Neo-Nazi symbol of the Odal rune that was once incorporated into SS uniforms. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:

"A few weeks ago, Auschwitz survivors around the world were outraged to see the photo of the storming of the Capitol in Washington, with one of the attackers wearing a T-shirt bearing the inscription Camp Auschwitz. For them, this photo once again symbolizes the close connection between former president Trump and the extreme right-wing and Nazi scene in the USA, which Trump consciously promotes with his behaviour and his utterances.

For many years Nazi and white supremacist groups in the USA have been using the Odal rune in their publicity campaigns to establish their ideological roots and to carry their message into mainstream society. The fact that this symbol has been prominently placed centre-stage during the former president’s first appearance in front of his faithful followers cannot by any stretch of the imagination be seen as a coincidence. Once again Trump is sending out a signal into the world of anti-Semitic and racist hatred in America: You belong to us. Stand by!"


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Christoph Heubner

Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee
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