On Jul 23, 2005, at 09:00 AM, JewishGen Discussion Group digest wrote:
==There was a vintner named Hoshea in Second Temple era Judea who sealed his
wine jugs with swastikas embellishing his name. In the 2nd-3rd century
synagogue at Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), near the point where the Jordan flows into
the Sea of Galilee, a magen david and a swastika were placed side by side. I
doubt we can say either of these is related to Nazism. If you look hard enough,
I'm sure you'll find some 18th or 19th century Jewish relic decorated with a
row of swastikas--but that is no indicator that these Jews were anti-semites.
We shouldn't forget that the swastika is an ancient Hindu good luck
sign and that accursed hitler thought it was an aryan symbol.