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Imperial German Flag
Imperial German Flag
Symbol Type

Neo-Nazi Symbol

Also Known As

Imperial War Ensign, Reichskriegsflagge

Traditional Use/Origins

One of the flags used by the German Empire (1871-1918)

Hate Group/Extremist Organization

Neo-Nazis

Extremist Meaning or Representation

See below

Background/History

After the swastika became banned in Germany and other European countries, some neo-Nazis in Germany have taken to displaying an older flag, taken from Imperial Germany, as a substitute. It never originally had any racist or anti-Semitic meaning, but is used by some white supremacists as a stand-in for the Nazi flag. Although more common in Germany, this usage can also be found in the United States.



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