Last modified: 2004-12-29 by santiago dotor
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by Marcus Schmöger
In the Saar the FDP had a special branch with a different name, the DPS (Demokratische Partei Saar, Democratic Party of the Saar). This was very much in favor of the reunification with Germany during the special status (until 1957) and was at times even illegal. The DPS used a distinct flag: red bordered yellow with the black eagle in the center with inscription 'DPS'. However, the eagle looked to the opposite direction (to the hoist) compared with the FDP eagle (to the fly). Looking to the hoist (i.e. looking westwards) symbolized a "constant vigil for Germany" against France (at that time!). The flag was designed by graphic artist Hermann Müller from Saarbrücken while he was exiled from the Saar. Usually the flag was used as a banner, not as a normal (horizontal) flag.
Marcus Schmöger, 13 September 2001
by Jaume Ollé