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Reich service flag with a swastika and Nazi eagle captured by an uknown soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2000.610.1

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    Reich service flag with a swastika and Nazi eagle captured by an uknown soldier


    Brief Narrative
    Large, red Reich Service flag or Reichsdienstflagge with black and white images of a swastika and Nazi eagle with a swastika emblem and a cotton hoist and two metal clips along one edge. There is a tag attached to one edge that reads, "Königsberger Segeltuchwaren - und Flaggenfabrik, J.E.W.Hellgardt A.-G. Königsberg i./pp" identifying the manufacturer. This type of flag with a left-facing Nazi eagle was used by all state and provincial authorities between 1935 and 1945, in addition to being flown by government vessels that were not warships. The flag was captured by an unknown soldier and given to Al Franciosa.
    manufacture:  approximately 1936-1945
    manufacture: Königsberg (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Loretta Macchia
    back, top left, on channel, cloth tag : [Königsberger Segeltuchwaren - und Flaggenfabrik, J.E.W.Hellgardt A.-G. Königsberg i./pp]
    back, top left, below channel, stamped, black ink : 239 KA BA M/L
    Manufacturer: Königsberger Segeltuchwaren- und Flaggenfabrik, J.E.W.Hellgardt A.-G.

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Flags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Large, rectangular machine-sewn wool flag bearing a printed, black-and-white swastika and a Nazi eagle. A white disk sits at the center within which is an upright black swastika. It is borderded by white and black bands. The white center circle is bordered by black and white bands. The open-winged, left-facing Nazi eagle is printed in the upper left quandrant or canton and is outlined in black, holding an emblem that bears a solid black, canted swastika. The cotton hoist has a hemp rope running through it that is looped on both ends with metal clips at either end. A cream colored tag attached to the underside, top edge of the hoist details the name of the manufacturer in blue lettering. The top corner of the hoist is also reinforced with a machine-sewn patch of red fabric stamped with the German manufacturing information in black ink on the underside of the flag. The flag is comprised of plain weave fabric in two panels that were first sewn together and then screenprinted after its initial assembly. The flag’s edge is machine-stitched with weld or flat-felled seams. There is some insect damage throughout.
    overall: Height: 97.250 inches (247.015 cm) | Width: 150.625 inches (382.588 cm)
    overall : wool, cotton, thread, metal

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    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Königsberg (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    The banner was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000 by Loretta Macchia, the daughter of Al Franciosa.
    Record last modified:
    2023-12-07 14:33:52
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