From German Sieg (“victory”) + Heil (“hail”)
- A common chant at political rallies in Nazi Germany, meaning roughly “Hail Victory!”
- An evocation of the memory of the German Third Reich and Adolf Hitler.
IPA: /ziːk haɪ̯l/
Sieg Heil became the salute of the German National Socialist (Nazi) party in the 1920s. It developed to the so called Hitler salute, the use of which was later made obligatory to all Germans in the Third Reich. After WWII, the public use of any form of the Hitler salute was criminalized in Germany and Austria. In Germany it is punishable with up to three years in prison.