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German Colonial Society (Weimar Republic)

DKG - Deutsche Kolonial-Gesellschaft

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German Colonial Society
DKG - Deutsche Kolonial-Gesellschaft

This flag is the flag of the German Colonial Society (Deutsche Kolonial-Gesellschaft). The German Colonial Society (DKG) formed on 19 December 1887 through the merger of the German Colonial Society (Deutscher Kolonialverein; est. 1882) and the Society for German Colonization (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonialisation [=Ansiedlung]; est. 1884), with headquarters in Berlin.
Subdivisions of the DKG were the Colonial Economic Committee (Kolonialwirtschaftliche Komitee; est.1896), the main association of German naval associations abroad (Hauptverband deutscher Flottenvereine im Ausland; est.1898) and the Women's Association of the German Colonial Society (Frauenbund der deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft; est. 1907).
In the context of Nazi indoctrination, the DKG 1936 integrated with their collections, institutions and members in the Reich Colonial League (Reichskolonialbund). This was dissolved in 1943 from war-economic reasons.
The flag (after 1920) was based on the flag of the German East Africa Company. On a white cloth, a black cross is placed. In the red canton five white four-pointed stars, which are arranged as a constellation of the Southern Cross. On the black cross is placed the DKG-socity logo, which shows a palm tree with the initials "DKG". The DKG-logo resembles the badge of the former German colony of Togoland.
Jens Pattke, 29 July 2012

German Colonial Society Variant (after c1939)
DKG - Deutsche Kolonial-Gesellschaft c1939

Image by Pete Loeser, 10 August 2012

Another variation of the DKG flag was used later (c1939) which had no logo and the red canton had five four-pointed stars. One very questionable explanation for the use of the four-pointed star was that they were chosen in order to distinguish them from the five-pointed star of communism and the six-pointed Magen David star.
Pete Loeser, 10 August 2012

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