Arrow Cross

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Flag of the Arrow Cross Party

The Arrow Cross (Nyilaskeresztes) originated in Hungary in the 1930s as the symbol of the leading Hungarian fascist political party, the Arrow Cross Party, led by Ferenc Szálasi, an ex-army major. Leaders of National Council of the Arrow Cross after Szálasi included Jeno Szollosi, Béla Imrédy, Josef Gera and Ferenc Kassai-Schallmajer. In 1939 it numbered close to 500,000 members and won 31 seats in parliamentary elections. The Arrow Cross party lasted until the end of World War II in 1945. Subsequently, the symbol came to be used by other racist and anti-Semitic groups. From October 1944 - January 1945 the Arrow Cross sent 80,000 Jews on a death march to the Austrian border.

It consisted of two black double-ended arrows in an cross configuration on a white circular background, much like the German Nazi swastika.

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