Nazi salute: Sieg Heil

People of Cheb salute the German troops entering the town in the Anschluss of the Sudetenland in October 1938. - Source Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive)

From German Sieg (“victory”) + Heil (“hail”)

Sieg Heil

  1. A common chant at political rallies in Nazi Germany, meaning roughly “Hail Victory!”
  2. An evocation of the memory of the German Third Reich and Adolf Hitler.

IPA: /ziːk haɪ̯l/

Usage notes
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.


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