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Christian Democratic Union (East Germany)

christlich-demokratische union, cdu 1946-1990

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[Christian Democratic Union (East Germany)] 2:3 Image by Jens Pattke, 4 May 2008

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East German Christian Democratic Union

     Despite their political differences, both the West German CDU and the East German CDU used the same name and united with the German unification.
     A blue flag with two Israel-like yellow stripes and the CDU symbol in center. The symbol showed a dove and the letters CDU, in the upper half surrounded by the words EX ORIENTE PAX (peace comes from the East i.e. from the Soviet Union), all yellow on blue. Source: German Democratic Republic parties website.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 23 Jan 2001

According to Günther 2000, the flag should be blue with yellow stripes at the top and the bottom (striped blue-yellow-blue-yellow-blue in proportions 1+1+8+1+1) and the logo in the center. There also was a simplified variant without the dove and the ex oriente pax.
Marcus Schmöger, 26 Jan 2001

I have redrawn the symbols of the CDU of the GDR. The logo with the motto "EX ORIENTE PAX" is a scan of the flagpanels, published by GDR-Ministry of Foreign Affairs (author: Hans-Ulrich Herzog). The twenty flagpanels were templates for diplomatic protocol in the GDR. The panels were also in the years 1973 to 1984 in the East German scientific journal Urania published.
Jens Pattke, 4 May 2008

East German Christian Democratic Union Banner

[Christian Democratic Union (East Germany) banner] Image by Jens Pattke, 4 May 2008

Christian Democratic Union - Short Banner

[Shorter CDU (East Germany) banner] Image by Marcus Schmöger, 15 Oct 2009

Here is a shorter variant found on German eBay: offer no. 130294866119 (end 29 Mar 2009) put up by “bastimzf”. This banner (original photo rotated and somewhat reduced, by the way) is supposed to have been house-made, but I find this hard to believe.
Jan Mertens, 11 Apr 2009

I am the current owner of the item after having bought it at Ebay. Indeed it looks rather house-made: the CDU emblem has been sewn on both sides of the flag, and it clearly is of a different material and colour as the remaining flag. The size is 209x172cm. I have presented it during the DGF meeting last weekend, and the olfactory test done by Dr. Rabbow has proven that it's of genuine GDR provenance. He has a large collection of GDR flags and claims that all of them have a distinct smell, mostly (but not exclusively) from brown-coal combustion.
Marcus Schmöger, 15 Oct 2009

East German Christian Democratic Union logo

[Christian Democratic Union (East Germany) logo] Image by Jens Pattke, 4 May 2008

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