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image by Volker Moerbitz Keith and Jaume Ollé
Junge Pioniere operated a couple of training ships on coastal
waters and on the Baltic Sea, using the flag of their organization as house
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 9 Feb 2001
A blue flag with the Young Pioneers' emblem (the letters JP in blue
bordered yellow, above a dark blue vessel bordered yellow with the letters
'SEID BEREIT' [Be Ready], above which a triple stylized flame) in the center.
Illustrated in Oliver 1993, p. 58.
Norman Martin, February 1998
A blue flag with JP symbol in center. The flag's color matches the color of the Free German Youth flag, symbolizing the connection between both organizations. The symbol showed the letters JP (for Junge Pioniere) in yellow bordered blue, above a dark blue vessel bordered yellow with the letters SEID BEREIT ("Be Ready"), above which a triple stylized flame, the three points of the flame standing for the three sources of communist education: school, home and the pioneers' organization. The flag was flown at parades and youth meetings, in summer camps and in front of schools.
I did some slight corrections to Jaume Ollé's image. The symbol
is slightly tilded to the right, the color of the flag is the same dark
blue as in the FDJ flag, symbolizing the JP being
part of the FDJ. Source: German
Democratic Republic propaganda website (image here).
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 24 Jan 2001
According to Günther 2000, and as mentioned
in Volker Keith's text, the lettering 'SEID BEREIT' should be yellow
on a blue, not red, background.
Marcus Schmöger, 26 Jan 2001
Jörg Karaschewski asks on the German mailing list about an unidentified
flag of the former East Germany, blue with the diagonal inscription "Für
beste Leistungen beim Lernen" and the attached badge (red with black
hammer, gold transporters and book, within gold wreath).
Santiago Dotor, 20 Mar 2003
That is a special flag of the children's organisation of the "Freien
Deutschen Jugend" (Free German Youth), the "Junge Pioniere"
(Young Pioneers). These flags were granted for excellence to groups of
Pioneers in a school, municipality or county. The emblem reminds of the
DDR-State arms, combined with the book. The use of these flags was discontinued
in the 1970's. Flags used were red with white disk, charged with an image
of Ernst Thälmann. Since c. 1974 students at primary schools (classes 1-4)
wore blue neck-kerchiefs (as Jungpioniere), at secondary schools
(classes 5-8) red neck-kerchiefs (as Thälmann-Pioniere). Before
1974 there were only blue neck-kerchiefs.
The salute was: "Seid bereit! / ?" - Answer: "Immer bereit!"
Jens Pattke, 17 Mar 2003