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Italian Style Peace Flag #1
Friede Variant

[Italian style Peace Flag - Friede Variant] Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 18 Aug 2007

     On 2007-05-25, Serbian daily newspaper "Blic" (Belgrade, ISSN 0354-9283) published an article about the security measures for the G-8 summit meeting which was to be held in Heiligendamm, Germany. A separate sub-article was about the visitors of local nudist beach (the only such place in the pre-1990 German Democratic Republic), who considered the measures as disturbing of their privacy. A black and white photo was also included, showing a nudist running among the uniformed security staff and carrying the flag, which was obviously based on the Italian peace flags, but with German word FRIEDE instead of Italian word PACE.
     The Web edition of the newspaper had published the same article with the colour version of that photo; but that page is no longer available online. The colour pattern of the flag was: violet, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange and red; word FRIEDE was inscribed in white over light blue and green.
     Violet looked about halfway between the FIAV colour P and the usual shade of violet from the Italian peace flags, light blue and green were a bit lighter and orange was a bit darker than on most of other such flags.
     This "localized" flag was probably inspired by its counter parts which have the English word PEACE instead of Italian PACE. It is yet to be seen how will its use spread in the German-speaking countries and if this trend is going to be followed by the speakers of other languages.
Tomislav Todorovic, 18 Aug 2007

Italian Style Peace Flag #2
Frieden Variant

[Italian Style Peace Flag Frieden Variant] Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 8 May 2021

     A variant which bears the alternative form of German word for peace (FRIEDEN) was seen at the Easter March in Saarbrücken on 2013-03-30. (photo gallery here)
The flag is shown in two photos. The first of these reveals that the color pattern is the same as used on the flag with inscription (FRIEDE), but the shades are much more similar to those used on the Austrian flag with German inscription only with a somewhat lighter shade of dark blue and a somewhat darker shade of green (the color pattern is the same on that flag). The typeface is also the same as used in the Austrian flag, as is the position of text over light blue and green. On the second photo, letter N is only partly visible, while on the other one only a very small part is visible which can merely confirm its existence. For these reasons, the shape of N is just reconstructed in the attached image so as to not to differ visually from other letters too much.

Tomislav Todorovic, 8 May 2021

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