Last modified: 2004-11-27 by santiago dotor
Keywords: territorial association of the upper silesians | silesia | schlesien | oberschlesien | vertriebene | refugees | coat of arms (eagle: yellow) | coat of arms (eagle: demi) | coat of arms (mining tools: yellow) |
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by Jens Pattke
Jens Pattke reported in the German vexillology mailing list about the flag of one of the Landsmannschaften territorial or country associations of Vertriebene refugees from former German territories or formerly German-inhabited regions in Eastern Europe. He explained that the Silesians are a very active group. Originally there was a single group representing all the Silesians, from which the Upper Silesians separated in 1950 on the grounds of different cultural heritage.
As flag they use their traditional Landesfarben yellow and blue with the coat-of-arms. The Landesfarben derive from the arms. The arms of Upper Silesia were adopted after the First World War and depict a half-eagle a reminder of the 1921 handover of part of this region to Poland and instruments representing the main industries of the region, agriculture and mining.
Santiago Dotor, 13 July 2001