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Kashubians (Poland)

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Kashubians flag

[Kashubians flag] by Ivan Sache, 1 Aug 1999

Do you mean (French) Kachoubes? It is said that their flag is yellow and black in two strips, but: is there any serious source for it? And: are there still many Kachoubes in Poland?
Pascal Vagnat, 30 July 1999

From the "Flag of Aspirant Peoples" chart: Kashubia (Kashubians) - North Poland. Horizontal black-yellow.

Kashubia [Kaszuby] is a hilly region (the "Kachubian Swiss") located in the provinces of Gdansk and Slupsk. "Kashubian is the most differentiated dialectal form of Polish, and is considered in Poland as a regional language, now at risk of extinction." Source: Encyclopaedia Universalis CD-ROM)

The German writer Günter Grass has popularized the Kashubians and their language in his so-called "Dantzig trilogy" (Die Blechtrommel / Maus und Katz / Die Hundejahren). See also the movie "Die Blechtrommel" directed by V. Schloendorff, from Grasś book (and after having seen it, you will NEVER be able to eat eels :-)
Ivan Sache, 1 Aug 1999

For a long time Kashubians have lived in a small strip from North to South, west of Gdańsk in marshy lands. c.1900 there were about 56.000 Kashubians, most of whom had been 'germanized' (assimilated with Germans) in the two previous centuries. Before 1945 there were c. 140.000 Kashubians and Slowinzen (Kashubians with a different vernacular) and at present they are considered a minority in Poland (No data available). Their customs had already nearly vanished in 1900.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Dec 2000


Kashubians flag (LoB)

[Kashubians flag (LoB)] by Adam Kromer, from his website.

This is Flage Zrzeszenia Kaszubsko-Pomorskiego (flag of the Kashubian-Pomeranian Society) - a yellow field with a Coat of Arms bordered black with a yellow field in which a crowned griffin. Below the Coat of Arms is written in black: KASZËBË.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Dec 2000


Kashubians flag (BoA)

[Kashubians flag (BoA] by Adam Kromer, from his website.

This is the Banner of Arms of the Kashubians.
Jarig Bakker, 12 Oct 2001