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 the countryside.

- 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 for 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 work and 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.

Our appreication is extend to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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