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Free German Trade Union 1945-1990 (East Germany)

Freier Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, FDGB

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[Free German Trade Union (East Germany)] 3:5
by Volker Moerbitz Keith and Santiago Dotor

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The Free German Trade Union (Freier Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund or FDGB) was the umbrella organization for 16 communist trade unions. Almost every industrial worker in the country was a member. (...) The flag was flown at trade union meetings, parades and in front of trade union buildings.

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 24 January 2001


There is an image of the badge at the German History Museum website.

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 28 June 2000

The flag was red with FDGB symbol in center. The symbol showed the handshake, referring to the SED symbol, above it the letters FDGB gold on red.

Volker Moerbitz Keith, 24 January 2001

According to Günther 2000 the lettering 'FDGB' should be white, but sometimes also yellow.

Marcus Schmöger, 26 January 2001

Flag Variant

[Free German Trade Union, variant with yellow lettering (East Germany)] 3:5
by Volker Moerbitz Keith

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