The Coat of Arms of the Bessarabia-Germans
Das Wappen der Bessarabiendeutschen
"The Coat of Arms of the Bessarabia-Germans." Volk auf dem Weg, July 2006, 7.
Translation from the original German-language text
to American English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
This coat of arms did not exist until post-World War II times.
It symbolizes a home country on the Black Sea that was left behind
in 1940. The coat of arms consists of a shield as the main carrier
of heraldic image, and on it there are four fields containing colors
reminiscent of the country, as well as symbols of traditional national
areas of work Their significance is as follows:
- Blue sympolizes the blue sky above the steppes.
- Yellow stands for the golden fields of grain in the expanses of
- Red is borrowed from the flag of Romania, the country to which
Bessarabia-Germans owed new-citizen loyalty.
- The well in the steppes depicts the importance of drinking water
people and animals alike in a dry climate.
- The cross is a symbol for the Church and for a deep faith.
- The grain around the cross signify the harvest following hard
also symbolizes the people's daily bread.
- The horse points to the farmer's most loyal helper, one with which
enabled him to cultivate the black-earth soil.
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of this article.
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