Flag of East Germany

Like the flags of West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Weimar Republic, the flag of the German Democratic Republic showed the colors black, red and gold. The coat of arms, which, from 1959, was a hammer, compass and wreath of corn, was located in the middle of the color red.

German Democratic Republic
NameFlagge der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik
UseNational flag and ensign
Proportion3:5
Adopted1 October 1959; 62 years ago (1959-10-01)
Relinquished1990; 32 years ago (1990) (unification)
DesignA horizontal tricolour of black, red, and gold, adorned with the National emblem of East Germany.

It was the official national flag of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) during its existence from 1959 to 1990. The flag's design and symbolism are derived from the flag of the Weimar Republic and communist symbolism. The flag was outlawed as an unconstitutional and criminal symbol in West Germany and West Berlin, where it was referred to as the Spalterflagge (secessionist flag) until the late 1960s.


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