A large red A, a bowl and a snake: the pharmacy logo is one of the most well-known symbols in Germany. Whether it also looks nice is probably a matter of taste - Jan Böhmermann apparently had a clear opinion on this for a long time, as he explains in the joint podcast with Olli Schulz.
There he initially describes the sign as "an aesthetic, creative insult", but then goes on to say: While on vacation, the TV presenter discovered another reason why he believes the logo should be abolished.
During a little research at the "German Pharmacy Museum" he realized that the distinctive red A was created during the Nazi era and was therefore a "Nazi sign". The background can be understood on the museum's website: In Germany there were originally many different logos that were individually created by the pharmacy owners. A problem for customers: pharmacies could not be recognized at first glance, and there was no "quality mark" for the entire branch.
The logo debate actually picked up new momentum during the Nazi era: the spoon logo was initially only used as a "quality mark", in May 1936 there was finally another competition of the standardized German pharmacists' association. Result: The red Fraktur-A with a Germanic rune, which is known to this day. The only change to the logo came after the end of the war: the runes were painted over, and in the late 1940s the chalice and snake were added.
However, it is disputed whether it is actually a "Nazi sign", as Jan Böhmermann felt: Although the logo was commissioned and distributed during the Nazi era, the logo was created by an artist who lived with a Jewess. Because Paul Weise refused to separate from his wife, he was temporarily even banned from working.
Sources: German Pharmacy Museum, Jan Böhmermann