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Cornflowers and Nazis

According to the Daily Telegraph of 12 January 2019, André Poggenburg is leaving the nationalist Alternative for Germany party to start a new party called German Patriots Awakening.  The symbol of this party is the cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), which was ‘once a secret symbol of the banned Nazi party in Austria in the thirties.’

Apparently senior members of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party frequently wore cornflowers until 2017 when they joined the coalition government.

Image: cultivated, South Queensferry, West Lothian, August 2017.

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