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Young Union ca.1953-ca.1970 (Christian Democratic Union, Germany)

Junge Union, JU

Last modified: 2004-12-29 by santiago dotor
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[Young Union ca.1953-ca.1970, reconstruction A (Christian Democratic Union, Germany)]      [Young Union ca.1953-ca.1970, reconstruction B (Christian Democratic Union, Germany)]
both by Marcus Schmöger

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The youth organization of the CDU (and the CSU) is the JU (Junge Union, Young Union). In Bavaria it is called Junge Union Bayern. The JU used a flag derived from the then CDU flag, namely on a black background a red cross fimbriated yellow (inside) and red (outside), on the cross a yellow eagle with a shield on the breast; the shield being red with a yellow-fimbriated black cross. This flag probably came out of use in the 1960's or early 1970's. I do not have information yet about current JU flags.

It was a bit difficult to draw an image of the flag, as my main source (Rabbow 1965) shows a rather vague sketch of the eagle. So I made two variants hoping one of them is nearly correct:

  • The first shows the same eagle as the CDU flag (image from Rabbow 1970).
  • The second shows the eagle as it was used on the JU arms, for instance on an election poster in 1957 (from 50 Jahre Junge Union Bayern).
As this election poster was a CSU one, not a CDU one, this implies, that perhaps the JU flag was also used by the JU Bayern, at least to some extent. I am pretty sure that the historical CDU flag was never used (at least officially) by the CSU, but perhaps that was different for the JU flag, as the organizational structure of the JU implies a closer cooperation between the JU Bayern and the rest of the JU, compared to the CDU-CSU relationship.


  • Rabbow 1965
  • Rabbow 1970
  • Junge Union Bayern, 50 Jahre Junge Union Bayern — Zukunft einer Volkspartei, ATWERB-Verlag, Grünwald 1987.

Marcus Schmöger, 6 October 2001