Joschka Fischer creates family coat of arms

27th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2004, BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, a Green party member who entered politics as a street-fighting leftist, has had a traditional coat of arms created for his family, according to a report Tuesday in newspaper Die Welt.

27 July 2004

BERLIN  - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, a Green party member who entered politics as a street-fighting leftist, has had a traditional coat of arms created for his family, according to a report Tuesday in newspaper Die Welt.

Fischer's new symbol, which has been registered with the official Rhine-Main Coat of Arms Foundation, features a winged knight's helmet, a pair of butcher's axes and - of course - a fish, said the report.

The wings are for Fischer's job as jet-setting foreign minister while the axes symbolise the family tradition of having been butchers for six generations through to Joschka's father, said the report.

Once the preserve of the aristocracy, a family coat of arms can now be created in Germany for anybody at a total cost of around EUR 2000. They are considered part of the family name under German law and are legally protected.

So while Fischer may be a common name, anyone else sharing it would have to prove they are descended from Jakob Fischer, born in 1740, before using the minister's coat of arms, said Die Welt.

DPA

Subject: German news

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