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German Red Cross 1949-1990 (East Germany)

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK

Last modified: 2004-12-29 by santiago dotor
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[German Red Cross (East Germany)] 3:5
by Jaume Ollé and Santiago Dotor
Flag abolished 1966

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Since health care and emergency services were entirely run by the state, domestic activities [of the] Red Cross in the GDR were different from western chapters of this international organization. The organization focused on medical education, first aid, CPR, and accident prevention. It also was involved in international aid operations for earthquake victims etc.

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 29 January 2001


A white flag with DRK symbol in center. The symbol was a red cross, surrounded by the words DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ [on a red circle].

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 29 January 2001

Flag 1966-1990

The above flag was replaced in 1966 by a similar one in which 'DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ' occupied only the upper half of the red circle, the bottom half being inscribed with 'DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK', as the official name of this organisation was modified that year from Deutsches Rotes Kreuz to Deutsches Rotes Kreuz der DDR. Source: Günther 2000.

Santiago Dotor, 5 October 2001