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Vršac (City, Serbia)


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Flag of Vršac - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 15 September 2015

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Presentation of Vršac

Vršac (Hungarian, Versec; German, Werschitz) is a town and district in Vojvdina, close to the Romanian border. The town has got 36,940 inhabitants (1990 census).

  • 14th century: Foundation of the settlement by Serbian refugees.
  • 1439: First mention of the town, part of the Krasso county in the Kingdom of Hungary.
  • 1459 & 1481: Serbian settlements in the town.
  • 1552-1716: Part of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1717-1778 Part of the Governorate of Temesch in the Hapsburg Empire, seat of a district (1775-1778).
  • 1778: Reunification of Governorate of Temesch with Hungary. Vršac part of the renewed Temes County.
  • 1795: Unification with a German neighbouring village.
  • 1804: Borough.
  • 1850-1861: After the defeat of the Hungarian Independence War (1848-1849), allocated to a new province (Governorate of Temes and Serbian Vojvodina).
  • 1861: Free Royal Town.

In 1919, the town was under French occupation. From 1920 (Treaty of Trianon) to 1941, the town was incorporated to Yugoslavia. In 1941-1944, the area was occupied and annexed by Germany. The Treaty of Paris reallocated it to Yugoslavia in 1947.
The town is the birthplace of the Hungarian writer Ferenc Herceg (1863-1954).

István Molnár, 9 October 2000

Flag of Vršac

The flag of Vršac (photo) is white with the municipal emblem in the middle.

Tomislav Šipek, 15 September 2015

Former flag of Vršac (Versec)?


Former flag of Vršac - Image by Istvan Molnár, 24 September 2002

According to Széll (Városaink neve, címere és lobogója [szs41]), the former flag of Vršac is a gironny of blue and white.
Széll's book shows the flags of several towns formerly held by Hungary. The book is our only source of these flags, but it is not clear as to what period these flags were used as claimed by the book. I doubt very much that they were used during the time of Austria-Hungary. It seems very much more like they were designed in 1941 - but it is not even clear weather the designs shown in Széll's book are just proposals or if they were ever prescribed in any formal way and after all whether they were used. At least for the moment, I believe that the former flag was in use at most in years 1941-1944.

Željko Heimer, 9 October 2005