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From Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website: "The arms show the lion of the Welfen
dynasty and especially symbolise Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the
Lion) from the 12th century. The city was a stronghold of the Welfen
(=(lion) cubs) dynasty. The oldest seal of the city, known from 1231 already
shows a lion. A later seal places the lion in a church portal, but mostly
the seals show only a lion. The colours are first mentioned in a manuscript
from 1366, and are the colours of the Hanseatic
League of cities of which Braunschweig was a member. The arms were
officially granted in 1438 by King Albrecht II and have not really changed
since. In 1963 the arms were reconfirmed.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.
Santiago Dotor, 13 Dec 2001
Brunswick [Braunschweig], city, countyfree city.
CoA adopted: historical
Flags adopted: 25th February 1953
Source: Arnold Rabbow, "Neues Braunschweigisches Wappenbuch", Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag, 2003.
Jörg Majewski, 31 Mar 2007
According to Rabbow the official adoption date (by adoption of the Main
Statute / Hauptsatzung) is indeed the 25 Feb 1953, but the flag
has been used in a similar form since 1861.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 20 Oct 2007