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Sieg Heil

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Sieg Heil is a German phrase, which literally means "Victory Hail" or "hail victory". During the National Socialist era, it was a common call at political rallies. When meeting someone, it was customary at the time to give the Roman salute and say the words "Heil Hitler". "Sieg Heil" was reserved for mass meetings such as the ones at Nuremberg where "Sieg Heil" was shouted in unison by thousands. Often a party official would shout into a microphone "Sieg" and the crowd would answer with "Heil," and there might be several repetitions of this at times in ever-increasing volume. At such rallies there was often a display of banners carrying the slogan "Sieg Heil" along with the swastika. The NSDAP made a pin badge in 1933 displaying a victory wreath, the Swastika, and the words "Sieg Heil".

Today in Germany, using the greeting in written form, vocally, and even extending the right-arm without the phrase are forbidden. It is a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison. The same is true for expressions that might be mistaken for "Sieg Heil". Usage for art, teaching and scientific purposes is exempt from punishment.

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