50th anniversary of the society for Poles in Germany.
Silhouette of Kraków, the course of the Vistula river,
stylised plough as the society emblem
Rodło is the Polish name for the Society for Poles in Germany (Związek Polaków w Niemczech). Until 11 November 1918, the white eagle and the white-red flag were the symbols of the Polish nation in the whole world. Since the recovery of Polish independence, the Prussian government prohibited the use of the coat of arms for organisation purposes. The Society for Poles in Germany organised a competition for the design of an original Polish emblem. The emblem had to emphasize the Polish desire to regain the territories over the Oder and the Baltic. It seemed to be a very difficult job. Only in 1932, graphic designer Janina Kłopocka made a rough sketch of "the emblem of the Vistula river, cradle of the Polish people and royal Cracow - the cradle of Polish culture". The white emblem was placed on a red background to emphasize the solidarity with the Polish nation and its soul. The emblem looked like a plough, an old farming tool, called "rodnica" in Polish, so the emblem was named after it. Other suggestions were: "znak Polaków" (emblem of the Poles), "herb rodowy" (tribal coat of arms) or simply "godło" (coat of arms). Edmund Osmańczyk connected the first syllable of "rodnica" (plough) to the last syllable of "godło" (coat of arms) and created the name "Rodło".
Union of Poles in Germany