Also, ripped off by Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), failed artist, corporal in the austrian army and finally muppet dictator during his reign of terror, for use by the Axis, a joint effort by several countries worldwide to promote german tourism abroad. Nowadays it is used as a secret symbol to identify jerks, emotionally immature wanker death metal fans, sexually insecure homophobic rapists, disoriented working class kids , weekend freedom fighters, nostalgic bigot old farts and all kinds of radical football aficionados.
Whoever thinks the swastika is a hindu symbol is smart.
It is not unnatural that the swastika was a significant symbol in both Indo-European and Sanskrit cultures sinse the two had a considerable amount of ties.
It also seems logical that Hitler would use a symbol connected to Aryan culture.
For over 3000 years it meant happiness, good luck, and harmony... this was Hitler's ideal. So he used it to represent what was to become of the National Socialist German
Workers' Party. Of course, this ideal Hitler had required conquest, and the swastika was used in their flag.
It has thus come to represent the nazis, the holocaust, and even to some extent WWII.