With the German Reich regaining its ability to act, the question of the determination of the national symbols necessarily arises. The ending of the current interregnum demands that the Fourth Reich be given national symbols which, on the one hand, have unmistakable connections to the symbols of the three previous Reichs, but which on the other hand, symbolise a development of that which has historically come into being.
In Dr. Oberlercher’s revised Draft of the Constitution from the 9th of November 1999, it states in article 10 section 3 sentence 1: “The flag of the Reich bears a black cross, standing or lying, in a golden bed on a red field.”
This design was created by the lawyer Dr. Josef Wirmer in 1943, and was made known to a small circle. Regardless of the fact that Dr. Wirmer, by helping to overthrow the Führer of the German People and Chancellor of the Reich, made himself guilty of high treason, it is certain that this is the only known design of a flag for the Fourth Reich that was designed at a point in time when the Reich still had the ability to act. It was undoubtedly a crime to participate in the overthrowing of the government of the Reich during the state of emergency of the year 1943 – a crime that was quite rightly punished with death. But today, it can only be a matter of creating a Reich without Hitler. The appreciation and acknowledgement of the epoch of historical National Socialism, and of the heroic salvation of the German Reich by the will of the German People and its Führer to hold out, necessitates the true ending of the Third by a Fourth Reich, which is already expressed in new national symbols.
Wirmer was drawn into the circles of resistance against the Third Reich due to his profession as a devout Catholic. For Wirmer, the cross was on the one hand a symbol for Germany’s membership in the Christian family of nations, on the other hand, however, the cross’s association with the cross of the German war-flags was desired. Wirmer considered the clear propinquity of the flag to the Scandinavian flags to be a drawback, but it can also be seen as an identification with the Germanic family of nations. This flag design combines the colours black-red-gold in the heraldically correct order (the metal-colour separates the ground-colours), and symbolises a renunciation of the tricolour, which was a product of the French counter-revolution (Gallic rebellion) of 1789.
For us, who are striving for a new order, there can be no going back in history. As such, the flaw that the flag has no tradition, will quickly be brushed aside when, in the present struggle for the freedom of our People and its subject of the right of nations, the German Reich, it becomes the generally recognised symbol of the whole, and will not be perceived as the sign of a political faction or a special-interest group.