Nazi Group Posts Recruitment Fliers With Swastikas Around Campus at Arizona State University

A Nazi group posted fliers with a swastika and a Star of David around the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

The group, Folk Front, is described as a National Socialist community, referring to the ideology and practices associated with the Nazi Party. Their website is filled with white supremacist propaganda and includes Adolf Hitler quotes, reports The Arizona Mirror.

The posters were seen around various parts of the university campus. They were designed to look like the popular "love not hate" phrase, but with a Nazi swastika in the word "love" while the Jewish Star of David was in the word "hate."

The first person to find one of the fliers was a student.

The Hillel Jewish Center at ASU said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the fliers referenced and trivialized the Holocaust.

"Like you, we believe this message has no place on our campus. We are proud to work with you to make Jewish life on campus stronger every day, and an isolated incident such as this one will not deter us," read the post.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the Arizona regional director for the ADL, said they were very concerned by the fliers and that use of the hate symbol is not normal.

"We condemn its use to promote hate and divisiveness," said Galindo-Elvira.

He also said the ADL had contacted local law enforcement to learn more about the group "to ensure the safety and security of students." Arizona State University Police, in conjunction with the Tempe Police, are investigating the incident.

"Ensuring the safety and security of our students is our top priority, and the university undertakes extensive efforts to ensure student safety is not compromised," the university said in a statement to The Arizona Mirror.

"ASU is a place where open debate can thrive and honest disagreements can be explored, but not when hateful rhetoric is used. That is not who we are."

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The original message of "love not hate" has been used at many progressive events, from protests and marches to memorials for victims of violence all over the world. Oli Scarff/Getty

White supremacist and extremist groups have been making recruitment pushes at colleges across the nation with many of them spreading the swastika symbol through their fliers and propaganda.

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, the swastika means "well-being." The symbol has been used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for millennia and is commonly assumed to be an Indian sign.

After the Nazi Party adopted the swastika as their symbol, the meaning of it was distorted into a symbol of fear, suppression and hate.

The swastika was banned in Germany at the end of the war.