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Anklam (Germany)

stadt anklam, ostvorpommern county, mecklenburg-west pomerania

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[Anklam (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany)] 3:5 Image by Jan Oskar Engene, 13 May 1996

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Anklam city

Anklam is a city of ca. 18,000 citizens in the Pomeranian part of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, seat of Ostvorpommern county. The flag is that of Pomerania, dark blue over white, with the coat of arms of Anklam on it. The coat of arms shows a red griffin with gold claws (of Pomerania) over a grey town wall (for Anklam) on a blue field. The griffin is holding the symbol of Stralsund (a bundle of three straight horns, musical instruments). [On an actual flag I saw] above the shield was the word Anklam in white, underneath it the word Vorpommern [Hither Pomerania] in black. I tried asking the people representing the town whether the words were officially a part of the flag or just put there for convenience, but I did not get a clear answer. To my knowledge Anklam was kicked out of the Hansa back in the 1500's or 1600's, when revolting citizens murdered the senate and the mayor, but this information needs verification.
Tilo Moede, 15 May 1997

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