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The Finnish Air Power quietly dropped a swastika from the official emblem of its Air Power Command and changed it with a golden eagle after a century.

Whereas using a swastika within the Air Power Command’s insignia dates again to earlier than Nazi Germany, the change occurred to keep away from confusion and false associations.

“Undeniably, we have needed to clarify infrequently the historical past of the (Finnish Air Power) swastika that dates again to 1918,” mentioned Brig. Gen. Jari Mikkonen at Air Power Command Finland. “It brought on misunderstandings with our international companions, so persevering with to make use of it was thought-about inappropriate and pointless.”

The change from the swastika emblem to the eagle occurred in 2017 however wasn’t publicized by the army on the time. A professor finding out using swastikas in Finland within the 1920s and 1930s, Teivo Teivainen, introduced consideration to the difficulty in a Twitter thread this week.

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“In Finland there’s this concept that it is a random ornamental signal – which to some extent it’s,” Teivainen, speaking with the BBC, mentioned of swastikas. He added that buildings constructed earlier than the World Struggle II period could possibly be seen with swastikas.

The swastika dates again 1000’s of years and is a non secular icon. Nevertheless, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi celebration started utilizing it within the 1920s, and it has ever since been related to Nazism.

It was a Swedish rely, although, who introduced the form to the Finnish Air Power in March 1918, simply months after Finland declared its independence from Russia.

Rely Eric von Rosen donated the air pressure its first aircraft, which featured a blue swastika on its wings – a good luck allure for von Rosen. Quickly after, a blue swastika with a white background was emblazoned on all Finnish Air Power planes till 1945.

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Whereas von Rosen’s use of the swastika was not tied to Nazi Germany, his brother-in-law, Hermann Goering, was an in depth adviser to Hitler and convicted of warfare crimes on the Nuremberg trials in 1946.

Whereas the swastika was dropped from the Air Power Command emblem, it stays on some decorations and unit flags. The BBC reported that the Finnish Air Power Academy emblem additionally nonetheless options the swastika.

Contributing: The Related Press

Observe USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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