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Gellersen Comprehensive Municipality (Germany)

Samtgemeinde Gellersen, Landkreis Lüneburg, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-07-22 by klaus-michael schneider
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[SG Gellersen banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Oct 2007
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Gellersen Comprehensive Municipality

Gellersen Flag

The ratio of the banner is 5:2. I is a vertical blue-white bicolour with the coat of arms shifted to the top.
Source: Reppenstedt municipal webpage, showing the banner together with the German and European banner.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Oct 2007

Gellersen Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale, at dexter Azure an oak branch Or with six leaves and six acorns, at sinister Argent a throughout cottised Latin cross Sable.
Meaning:
The number of leaves and acorns is referring to the settlement cores of Gellersen as follows: Kirchgellersen, Reppenstedt with Dachtmissen, Südergellersen with Heiligenthal and Westergellersen. About the cross see
Reppenstedt municipality.
Source: Reppenstedt municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Oct 2007


Reppenstedt Municipality

Reppenstedt Flag

[Reppenstedt municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 July 2017

It is a green over yellow horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Sources:
(1) this online catalogue
(2) 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Reppenstedt Municipality, version 18 March 2002
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 July 2017

Reppenstedt Coat of Arms

Shield parted per bend wavy; above left Vert an inescutcheon Argent, charged with a throughout Latin cross Sable cottised Argent and Sable; beneath right Or a horseshoe Sable, in base two oak leaves Vert, one in bend and the other in bend sinister.
Meaning:
The bend wavy is representing the "Alte Lüneburger Landwehr", a system of trenches and earthen walls. Its purpose was to enforce its staple right or stacking right (Latin: Ius emporia), which entitled the city that all merchants crossing Lüneburg had to offer their goods first in the city. The merchant tried of course to avoid it, and thus the city erected the system of walls. The horseshoe is symbolising that the municipality belongs to Lower Saxony, the oak leaves are representing the ancestral Lower Saxonian citizens. Furthermore they are symbolising that the municipality belongs to Gellersen comprehensive municipality. The inescutcheon displays the so called German Eastern Cross, probably derived from the arms of the Teutonic Order. It is symbolising the many refugees that settled down in the area, many of them in Reppenstedt, after they had been expelled due to "ethnic cleansing" at the end of WW2. Reppenstedt is the seat of the comprehensive municipality.
Sources:
(1)
German WIKIPEDIA
(2) 2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Reppenstedt Municipality, version 18 March 2002
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 July 2017


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