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Greiz County (Germany)

Landkreis Greiz, Thuringia

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[Greiz County (Thuringia, Germany)] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 16th/19th June 1997 See also:

Greiz County

Yellow-green-yellow in proportions 1:2:1 with the arms. The arms are sometimes placed in the upper third of the flag. Sources: flag from Ulle 1999, arms from the Thuringia official website.
Stefan Schwoon, 13 Mar 2001

Flag adopted 16.06.1997, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website.
From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: The arms were granted on June 19, 1997. The golden lion and the crane are derived from the arms of the Lords of Reuss, who ruled the largest part of the district for many centuries. A small part of the district belonged to one of the Saxon Duchies, hence the base of the shield, which shows a simplified version of the arms of Saxony.
Literature: H. Ulle, Neues Thüringer Wappenbuch, Band 3, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Thüringen e.V., Erfurt 1998, ISBN 3-9804487-3-8.
Santiago Dotor, 20 Feb 2002

Weida city

[Weida city banner] image sent by Jan Mertens, 15 Nov 2008

Here is a (not “the” surely) town flag of Weida, currently in the state of Thuringia, Germany. Weida city is part of the Erfüllende Gemeinde Weida, in the county Greiz, Thuringia.

In fact I should be careful and not assign this flag definitively to Weida, former GDR – the source merely maintains it is; on the other hand its shape and manufacture seems to bear this out.  (Well, municipal flags – except Berlin's – were not very common in the GDR, I believe.)

The image above shows a vertically hoisted flag (or hung, by four straps) – swallowtailed at the bottom - vertically divided black and yellow and bearing the town arms in the centre. These arms are: or a gated city wall rose, a willow tree sinople issuant between two towers gules roofed azure. “Rose” as in Canadian heraldic parlance but here, obviously, a mistake in colouring.
Source: German eBay offer no. 220106084397 (end 4 May 2007) put up by “dadnd” who supposed the flag material to be cotton, and who gave approximate dimensions as 65 cm x 80 cm.

Nowadays Weida describes its arms and flag in the ‘Hauptsatzung’ or main statutes (by-law) of 8 May 2007 (par. 2 concerning town arms, town flag, and town seal): (Translation conveying German heraldic parlance:)
“(2) The arms show, on a field of gold, a green willow tree growing between two red towers with blue roofs placed on a red town wall having a gate in the middle.  (3) The flag shows the colours black and yellow in two horizontal stripes of equal width.  The arms are situated in the centre of the flag, over the two coloured stripes.”

Ralf Hartemink’s site shows two renditions of the arms: “The willow (Weide) branch is a canting symbol, which also already appeared on the old seal” (1333). (The ‘Satzung’ says “Weidenbaum” = willow tree.)
Jan Mertens, 15 Nov 2008