Last modified: 2014-01-11 by pete loeser
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In the Saar the FDP had a special branch with a different name, the Democratic Party of the Saar (Demokratische Partei Saar, DPS). This was very much in favor of the reunification with Germany during the special status (until 1957) and was at times even illegal. The DPS used a distinct flag: red bordered yellow with the black eagle in the center with inscription DPS. However, the eagle looked to the opposite direction (to the hoist) compared with the FDP eagle (to the fly). Looking to the hoist (i.e. looking westwards) symbolized a "constant vigil for Germany" against France (at that time!). The flag was designed by graphic artist Hermann Müller from Saarbrücken while he was exiled from the Saar.
Marcus Schmöger, 13 September 2001
Image by Jaume Ollé and Jens PattkeThis version of the Democratic Party of the Saar did exist, but was rarely used. Usually the DPS favored displaying their flag as a banner, not as a normal (horizontal) flag.
The ratio is 3:5. It is a red over yellow over red horizontal triband with ratio 1:5:1. A black eagle is in the centre of the yellow stripe. On the chest of the eagle are the initials DPS in white letters. The flag adopted about 1950. Designed by Hermann Müller.
Source: Image from Die Parteien im Saarland 1945-59.
Jens Pattke, 1 December 2013
Thanks for sharing this with us. However, the given source photograph does show a vertical (hanging) flag. So the horizontal version and especially the 3:5 ratio is a conjecture, isn't it?
M. Schmöger, 5 January 2014