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World Federation of Democratic Youth

W.F.D.Y.

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The World Federation of Democratic Youth is an international organization of communist and socialist youth organizations. It was founded in London on November 10, 1945. People from 64 countries took part in this foundation feast. Presently, 270 communist and socialist youth organizations from 130 countries are member of the World Federation of Democratic Youth. Present residence is Budapest.
Jens Pattke, 13 Feb 2002

Since 1946, it has hoisted a white cloth with the emblem in the middle. The inscriptions can be written in the languages of the member country. (Something similar happens with the formerly communist International Union of Students (IUS), which bears its emblem on a blue field.
Jens Pattke, 11 Feb 2001

A white flag with the WFDY symbol in center. The symbol was a black/yellow globe with three white, yellow and black faces [facing the fly], symbolizing the youth of the world, surrounded by the words «Youth unite! For a lasting peace!» [(versions existed for different languages), in yellow lettering on a green circle], underneath the words «World Federation of Democratic Youth» [black lettering on a wide yellow scroll].
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 30 Jan 2001


English version

World federation of Democratic Youth
image by Jens Pattke, 13 Feb 2002

In English language countries, the emblem carries the motto «Youth unite! Forward for lasting peace! — World Federation of Democratic Youth».
Jens Pattke, 11 Feb 2001

60th anniversary variation

I was present at the World Federation of Democratic Youth’s 60th anniversary celebration in London this weekend, where I saw a new flag of theirs. It was basically the same as that shown above but with the exception that in the motto on the group’s design, there was a spelling mistake: it read «YOYTH UNITE!…» as opposed to «YOUTH UNITE!…» Also, underneath the design were the words «World Federation of Democratic Youth» in (I think) Times New Roman in green, and underneath that in black in a slightly smaller typeface was written (as far as I remember) «60 Years in Service of World Youth». I did try to get my hands on one of the flags, but couldn’t. I thought that the spelling mistake was rather quaint…
Dafydd Young, 31 October 2005


German version

World federation of Democratic Youth
image by Jens Pattke, 13 Feb 2002

The Freie Deutsche Jugend (Free German Youth) participated since 1948 members in this organization. Therefore, the logo was modified for the GDR. In all German-language countries, it carries the inscription «Jugend vereinige Dich! Vorwärts für dauerhaften Frieden! — Weltbund der Demokratischen Jugend».
Jens Pattke, 11 Feb 2001

At international youth events, such as the international youth festival in Berlin 1973, the WFDY flag (in its German language version) was one of the most commonly seen flags.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 30 Jan 2001


French version

World federation of Democratic Youth
image by Jens Pattke, 13 Feb 2002

In France the logo is used with the inscription «La Jeunesse t’unit! Avancé pour la paix durable!» — Fédération mondiale de jeunesse démocratique.
Jens Pattke, 11 Feb 2001


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