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Hofen commune (Schaffhausen canton, Switzerland)

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Hofen

[Flag of Hofen] image by Pascal Gross

Gules a Lion rampant Or langued of the first and armed Argent holding in dexter a Fleur-de-lis of the last.

Željko Heimer, 14 January 2001

There's a Dutch connection here, see www.hofen.ch/Englisch/Geschichte.html. A very famous person in Hofen's history was Thomas Holländer (1636-1711), whose parents apparently came from the Netherlands. Thomas was a very powerful person, who adored Louis XIV of France, and had barracks built for his henchmen. A white lily served as the characteristic symbol on the banner of his army. It is still visible on the red shutters of the barracks. The heraldic animal of the family Holländer was the lion, the heraldic animal of Holländer's origin, the Netherlands. It is still preserved in the flag of the community Hofen.

Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2001