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Large Nazi National War flag acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2010.507.11

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    Brief Narrative
    Large Nazi National War flag, or Reichskriegsflagge, brought back to the United States around 1945 by Don Stanton (1924-1995), a soldier in the United States Army serving in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The flag bears a canted swastika at the center and a black Iron Cross in the canton or top left quadrant. On the back of the flag, a marking with a Nazi eagle over a capital M indicates the flag was Kriegsmarine, or German War Navy, approved. Additional markings indicate the flag was manufactured in occupied Bielitz (now Bielsko-Biała, Poland) at the siezed textile factory Plutzar & Brüll KG., Bielitz.
    acquired:  approximately 1945
    manufacture:  approximately 1938-1945
    manufacture: Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Trudy Stanton
    back, top, on channel, stamped, black ink : [eagle clutching swastika symbol] / M [Reichsadler / Reichszeugmeisterei Imperial Eagle / Quartermaster’s Office]
    back, top, on channel, stamped, black ink : [REICHSKRIEGSFLG ; 7 ; 150 x 250 ; Plutzar & Brüll KG., Bielitz 0/S]
    front, near swastika, black ink : Don Stant
    Manufacturer: Plutzar & Brüll KG., Bielitz
    Subject: Don Stanton
    Issuer: Kriegsmarine

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Flags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Large, rectangular, plain weave, wool bunting flag with a red field bearing printed black-and-white, second pattern designs. Just left of center is a canted, black swastika in a white circle with a black border, centered on a black Nordic Cross. The cross arms have a border of three alternating stripes, white-black-white, on each side that continue to form the border around the circle. A black Iron Cross is in the canton or top left quadrant. The cross and swastika are bordered by narrow black and white bands. Near the swastika, “Don Stant” has been written in black ink. A thick, white, cotton channel with an attached 44-inch halyard rope is sewn along the hoist end. On the back of the channel there is a black ink stamp containing German manufacturing information and a Reichsadler with an M stamped below. There is some insect damage throughout.
    Height: 57.874 inches (147 cm) | Width: 94.488 inches (240 cm)
    overall : wool, cotton, thread, ink, bast

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
    Personal Name
    Stanton, Don.

    Administrative Notes

    The Nazi flag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Trudy Stanton, the widow of Don Stanton.
    Record last modified:
    2022-10-17 08:37:14
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