A new German far-right party established by a notorious Alternative for Germany politician has used a secret symbol, worn by Austrian Nazis before WWII, as part of their logo.

The Awakening of German Patriots or AdP (Aufbruch der deutschen Patrioten) is now the youngest far-right party in Germany. It was set up by Andre Poggenburg, who recently quit Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Not much is known about their agenda so far, but one particular part of an emblem they will use does provide some food for thought.

AdP’s website, which is under construction at the time of writing, features a cornflower against the background of a German flag. Looking innocent at first glance, the flower has an ugly past going back to the Nazi era.

Kornblume

Andre Poggenburg, a far-right politician in Germany, stirred controversy yesterday (Jan. 11) when he unveiled his new political party’s logo, which features a symbol used by Austrian Nazis in the 1930s.

Germany is a country that still struggles with its Nazi past. The far-right Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) party earned 12.6% of votes in the 2017 parliamentary elections, making it the third-largest party in the Bundestag. Meanwhile, neo-Nazi rallies(paywall) in the city of Chemnitz drew some 8,000 people this summer and shocked the world with images of violence and hatred expressed towards immigrants.

The cornflower was actually worn by Austrian National Socialists as a secret way of recognizing each other when they were banned in the 1930s, before Adolf Hitler launched the Anschluss and annexed his native country in 1938.

Aside from Austrian Nazis, the cornflower was German Kaiser Wilhelm’s favorite flower. It was also used by German nationalists in the 19th century.

In the 21st century though, the pretty blue flower was once worn by Austria’s right-wing, anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO). However, the party leaders told fellow MPs to avoid wearing the flower in their buttonholes fearing public backlash.

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