boerenzakdoek Germany
red . yellow . black
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009

germany

since 1949 W. germany
since 1999 Germany

The German flag consistis of the national colours of Germany: black, red and gold. The flag first appeared in the early 19th century. With the formation of the Weimar Republic after World War I, the tricolor was adopted as the national flag of Germany. A tricolor of black-white-red is used by the Prussian Confederation, the German Empire (until 1918) and was reintroduced in Nazi Germany in 1933. The colors of the modern flag are associated with the republican democracy formed after World War II, and represent German unity and freedom: not only the freedom of Germany, but also the personal freedom of the German people. On 16 November 1959, the Federal Court of Justice stated that the usage of "black-red-yellow" had "through years of Nazi agitation, attained the significance of a malicious slander against the democratic symbols of the state" and was now an offence. "The German colours are black-red-yellow but they are called black-red-gold."

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