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Westheim Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Westheim, Landkreis Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen, Bayern

Last modified: 2021-09-25 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Westheim municipal banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Sept 2021
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Westheim Banner

It is a white-black vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Sept 2021

Westheim Coat of Arms

Shield Sable, a sinister facing peasant statant Argent, holding a sword Or in bend by right hand and a flag pole Argent in bend by his left hand, belonging to a white flag charged with peasant's boot Gules. The shield is topped by an inscription "Westheim" in counterchanged colours.
The peasant with flag is reminding on the great Peasant Revolt of 1525. Westheim had been a core of the uprisings. A leader of the local peasants, name not given in source, fighted against the troops of the Margarves of Ansbach. Black and white are the tinctures of the Margraviate. The peasant's boot (German: Bundschuh) had been the symbol of the insurrection.
Source: "Unser Bayern", Heimatbeilage der Bayerischen Staatszeitung 1965 ( a newspaper appendix) , p.96
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Sept 2021

Banner and arms were approved on 26 July 1965 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Sept 2021

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