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German Gymnastics and Sports Association 1949-1990 (East Germany)

deutscher turn- und sportbund, dtsb

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[German Gymnastics and Sports Association (East Germany)] 3:5 Image by Volker Moerbitz Keith

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The German Gymnastics and Sports Association (Deutscher Turn- und Sportbund or DTSB) united all sports organizations in the country, from national soccer teams all the way to local bowling clubs and sports fishermen.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 29 January 2001


A white flag with DTSB symbol in center. The symbol showed red letters DTSB on a black hexagon, surrounded by a wreath, underneath the letters DDR for Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic). The flag was flown at parades, especially during the German Gymnastics and Sports Festival (every five years, I seem to recall) and in front of sports clubs and special physical education schools.
Günther 2000 shows a red flag with the same symbol. This makes some sense since the flags of most SED-influenced organizations (except for the youth organizations) were red. However, the flag I remember from sports events and demonstrations was white. At this webpage there are pictures of an East German sports festival. At the stadium entrance (picture here) are a national flag and a white DTSB flag.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 29 January 2001

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[German Gymnastics and Sports Association, variant (East Germany)] 3:5 Image by Volker Moerbitz Keith

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