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Nationalsocialist and Neonazi Flags (Germany)

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Liberal German Workers' Party

Freiheitliche Deutsche Arbeiterpartei / FAP

[Liberal German Workers' Party (Germany)]
by António Martins

All-Germanic Heathens' Front

Allgermanische Heidnische Front

[All-Germanic Heathens' Front (Germany)]
by Alvin Helms

I do not know very much about the AHF. They appear to combine the usual elements of political nationalism and cultural racism. Curiously though, they are vehemently anti-Christian, and want to restore the pre-Christian religions of northern Europe. They are not exclusively German, but rather Germanic. In addition to Germany, they have branches in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Flanders, and the Netherlands. Note the strong resemblance to the flag of the Hitler Jugend, with the alghiz rune in place of a swastika.

Alvin Helms, 29 October 1999

The alghiz rune was used in Germanic alphabet from 3rd to 13th century, and had meaning of life and death, depending on which side was up.

Zeljko Heimer, 30 October 1999

German Heathens' Front

Deutsche Heidnische Front

[German Heathens' Front (Germany)]
by Alvin Helms

This is one of two flags shown on the website [which one?] for the specifically-German branch of the Allgermanische Heidnische Front. The central image is the Eye of Wotan (Woden, Odin, etc.). Like the AHF, this flag also uses the algiz rune, in this case both upright and reversed.

Alvin Helms, 29 October 1999

Use of Imperial Flags

[War Ensign 1903-1919 (Germany)] 3:5
Imperial War Ensign 1903-1919
by Carsten Linke

[Jack 1903-1919 (Germany)]      [Jack 1903-1919 (Germany), modern variant]
Imperial Jack 1903-1919 and modern variant
both by Marcus Schmöger

The Reichskriegsflagge 1867-1919 is reported to be in use by German neonazi groups.

António Martins, 27 May 1998

The black-white-red colours of the German Empire 1871-1919 are prominently displayed [by the NPD and other parties]. These colours are displayed in party conventions and during demonstrations. NPD demonstrators wave different versions of black-white-red:

There are certainly other variants of black-white-red (historical or not) that are produced by flagmakers for right extremists and used by them, for example with inscriptions.

Marcus Schmöger, 14 August 2000

It is my understanding that in Germany today, in addition to Nazi flags being banned, flags from the Kaiserreich era are also banned, notably the German naval ensign.

Anonymous, 4 February 2001

Issue 11 (12th March 2001) of the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, p. 76, showed this picture of a Weimar Republic flag on display at the shop of NPD party members in Ehringshausen (Hesse) — obviously because of the black-white-red colours. It is the state ensign 1926-1933.

Marcus Schmöger, 19 March 2001

Unidentified Flag

Marcus Schmöger reported a photograph in the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, 2001, issue 1, p. 57, showing an NPD demonstration (photograph scanned here). There seems to be a flag at the bottom left of the picture, black field with two crossed red "things" (most possibly swords) fimbriated in gold (detail here).

Santiago Dotor, 26 January 2001

The same flag, plus one with a black-white-red canton, appears in this photograph scanned by Marcus Schmöger from issue 13 (26th March 2001) of the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, p. 23, showing an(other) NPD demonstration.

Santiago Dotor, 30 May 2001