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    Reichsvereinigung ehemaliger Kriegsgefangenen

    A rare flag of the Reichsvereinigung ehemaliger Kriegsgefangenen, Ortsgruppe Eschweiler circa 1933. The ReK was created in 1919 as an organization for former prisoners of war. It leaned right politically and in 1933 was nazified as part of the Gleichschaltung process. It then became affiliated with the Kyffhäuser Bund. It later faded away entirely as the recognition of POWs did not fit into the NS ideology of Germanic superiority and military virtue.

    The wool flag measures 54 x 42" and has small metal rings for attaching to a pole.

    Also illustrated is the ReK pole top that was offered in a German auction last year.
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    Last edited by paulj; 05-11-2020, 09:24 PM.

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    Now yours ???

    Originally posted by paulj View Post
    A rare flag of the Reichsvereinigung ehemaliger Kriegsgefangenen,
    Ortsgruppe Eschweiler circa 1933. ... wool flag measures 54 x 42'
    and has loops for attaching to a pole. ..
    Hello paulj:
    Very nice, thanks for showing. Is that flag now in
    your superb collection? Just curious about the fate
    of such exotic flags that survived WW2.
    .......OFW
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    .......^^^ .................... some of my collection ...................... ^^^...

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      [QUOTE=oldflagswanted;8722740][B][SIZE=2]Hello paulj:
      Very nice, thanks for showing. Is that flag now in
      your superb collection? Just curious about the fate
      of such exotic flags that survived WW2.


      Yes, it's a recent acquisition. To be honest, before I stumbled on the flag, I had never heard of the organization. In the course of researching it I found the auction that had sold the pole top last year.

      Here's a photo of a ReK Memorial event in 1934. In the foreground are flag bearers of both the ReK and Kyffhäuser Bund,
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      Last edited by paulj; 05-11-2020, 10:03 PM.

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        #4
        Very interesting flag! Wonder where the pole top now resides since the auction
        Kyle

        Looking for armbands.

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          #5
          can't say I've ever seen that one before!

          William Kramer
          Holzarbeiter

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            #6
            Also interesting to note that the Reichsvereinigung ehemaliger Kriegsgefangenen motto, "Recht, Einigkeit, Kameradschaft" reflects the "R E K" initials of the organization's name.

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