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by Jens Pattke
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 20th March 2001
The former districts of Wedding, Tiergarten and Mitte merged on 1st January 2001 into the new district Mitte.
Jens Pattke, 25 February 2001
The local parliament of the district Mitte adopted the flag and the coat-of-arms on 20th March 2001. The final approval from the Department of the Interior of Berlin (Senatsinnenverwaltung von Berlin) is still missing (but is certainly expected). Source: Berliner Morgenpost gazette, 21 March 2001.
The model for the coat-of-arms was the second oldest civic seal of Berlin. The coat-of-arms is a white shield with an inescutcheon showing the black Berlin bear carrying a blue inescutcheon with a yellow scepter (the inescutcheon of the Electorate of Brandenburg). It should symbolize the Brandenburg-Prussian tradition. It is also the symbol of Berlin's governmental quarter in past, present and future. The three red elements [heraldically girons] stand for the three former districts. White stands for the hope of peace. Red is the symbol of the worker movement and is also associated with the blood of the victims of the successive revolutions of 1848 and 1918-1919. This formation and symbolism of the coats-of-arms is very controversial and has been criticized by politicians and historians.
Source: Berliner Morgenpost gazette, 21 March 2001.
Jens Pattke, 21 March 2001