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Young Pioneers 1949-1990 (East Germany)

Junge Pioniere, JP

Last modified: 2002-06-14 by santiago dotor
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[Young Pioneers (East Germany)] 2:3?
by Volker Moerbitz Keith and Jaume Ollé

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Ruled and organized by the Free German Youth, the Young Pioneers served as the communist youth organization for children age 6 through 14. The organization was divided into two sub-divisions: Young Pioneers (Grades 1 through 4) and Thählmann Pioneers (Grades 5 through 8, named after a leader of the German Communist Party who died in a Nazi concentration camp).

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 24 January 2001

Ernst Thälmann (16 April 1886-18 August 1944) was the Communist candidate for president in 1925.

Ole Andersen, 24 January 2001

Junge Pioniere (...) operated a couple of training ships on coastal waters and on the Baltic Sea, using the flag of their organization as house flag.

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 9 February 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 January 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 January 2001

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