Last modified: 2004-11-27 by santiago dotor
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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 with the coat-of-arms. The Landesfarben derive from the arms. The colours of Lower Silesia are white and yellow, since black and yellow the main colours on the arms would have been (formerly) mistaken with the Hapsburg colours of Austria. The arms show the 13th century eagle of the Dukes of Silesia, which was defaced with a white Kleeblattspange crescent with trefoil ends to make it different from that of the (then) Dukes of Austria.
Santiago Dotor, 13 July 2001