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German Youth of the East (Germany)

Deutsche Jugend des Ostens, DJO

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[German Youth of the East (Germany)] 3:4
by Marcus Schmöger

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This is the flag of the Deutsche Jugend des Ostens — German Youth of the East. Its political aim was the reconquista of the [former German] territories at present owned by Poland and Russia [Pomerania, Posen, West and East Prussia and Silesia], connected to the Vertriebene. Its emblem is a so-called Odalsrune. Read all (and far more) in Rabbow 1970. This kind of organisation was prohibited in East Germany, so it was definitely West German. Local parties plastered nostalgic coat-of-arms on these flags, which seem to have been quite numerous. The Silesian section flag below [temporarily removed] seems to illustrate that.

The 'Eastern Germany' referred to is the Eastern part of the German Reich until the end of World War Two. Post-World War Two East Germany [i.e. the German Democratic Republic] was in the West German terminology 'Middle Germany'. The political parties in West Germany which aspired the reannexation of 'Eastern Germany' were connected to the powerful Bund der Heimatvertriebenen — Association of Exiles.

Jarig Bakker, 20 June 2000

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