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Territorial Association of the Sudeten Germans (Germany)

Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft e.V.

Last modified: 2015-03-14 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Territorial Association of the Sudeten Germans (Federation of Expellees, Germany)] 9:4 image by Jens Pattke

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Introduction

From the Genealogy.Net website: "Sudetenland is a term for the German settlement area of the Bohemian Lands (Bohemia, Moravia, Austrian Silesia), used only sporadically before 1918. The German ethnic group in Bohemian Lands with approx. 3.5 million citizens was named ca. since the beginning of 20th century as Sudetendeutsche (Sudeten Germans), before German-Bohemians, Austrians, etc. The Bohemian Lands were until 1918 part of the Austrian Monarchy. 1918-1938 was Sudetenland part of Czechoslovakia. After the Münchner Abkommen (Munich Agreement) 1938, Sudetenland was the official term (1938-1945) for the Reichsgau Sudetenland. After the end of WWII Sudetenland was again reintegrated into Czechoslovakia and its German ethnic group was expelled."
Santiago Dotor, 19 June 2002

Editorial note: The Sudeten Mountains (Polish and seldom Czech: Sudety) are a chain of mountain ridges, connecting the Saxonian Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge) with the Carpathian Mountains. A similar name was first used by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus around 150 AD, perhaps meaning "Bore Mountains". Between 1918 and 1938 the name "Sudeten" was extended to those Bohemian areas having a German majority. Attempts to become part of the Republic of Deutschösterreich finally failed in September 1919.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Mar 2015


Description

Jens Pattke reported in the German vexillology mailing list about the flag of one of the Landsmannschaften (territorial or country associations) of Vertriebene (refugees from former German territories or formerly German-inhabited regions in Eastern Europe). The Sudeten Germans met on 3rd June 2001 at the Augsburg congress hall to celebrate their 'Bohemian Congress' (Böhmische Tag), the official congress of their association, where the black-red-black hanging flag with (but also without) coat-of-arms could be seen. The ratio of stripes was 1:2:1 (i.e. a Spanish fess).
Santiago Dotor, 8 June 2001


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