1938 Kreissieger Badge with Award Document

Condition: Excellent

Maker: G. Brehmer

SKU: C11380 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This 1938 Kreissieger Badge is a beautiful example, and is complete with the original, researchable award document. The badge itself is in excellent condition, with perfect enamel on the front. The original bronze finish is intact, and has toned to an attractive, dark color, and the obverse shows no real wear. The reverse of this 1938 Kreissieger Badge is maker marked “G. Brehmer, Markneukirchen.” The hardware setup is intact, functional, and without repairs, and features a block hinge, a wide pin, and a soldered, round wire catch. This badge is complete with the original document with which it was issued. The award document is in the form of a booklet, folded in the middle, with an artistic depiction of the award printed on the front. The inside has a portrait of Adolf Hitler, and beautiful text declaring that this award was won by Herta Noll of Darmstadt, for winning the Kreis level trade competition for housework. The award document has facsimile signatures of Robert Ley and Baldur von Schirach, and is in excellent condition with only light, normal age toning. This is a very desirable set, that is not easy to find.



Historical Description: The Hitler Youth Reichsberufswettkampf Badges were awarded to the local and national winners of the annual Reich vocational contest. These contests were held by the Nazi labor organization, the DAF, with the assistance of the Hitler Youth and the Nazi students association. The competitions started in 1934 initially were intended for youth who were learning skilled trades. Contestants took a series of tests in which they were graded on specialized skills pertaining to their trade (theory and practice) as well as punctuality, personal hygiene, orderliness, and adherence to Nazi ideology. Starting in 1936, special badges were awarded to winners at the national levels; these were in the form of a pinback badge in the shape of a toothed wheel (the emblem of the DAF) with the date and wording indicating the wearer was a winner of the Reich vocational contest, and superimposed with an enameled Hitler Youth diamond organizational emblem. Starting in 1938, the contest was open to non-members of the Hitler Youth, including adults. Also in this year, badges for the winners were not only awarded at Reich level but also at local and Gau (district) level. The badges used in 1938 and 1939 featured a white enameled disk surrounded by a wreath, adorned with a large Nazi eagle emblem holding the DAF cogwheel and HJ diamond emblem (itself also enameled). The competition was stopped because of the war, but in 1944 there was a final wartime Reichsberufswettkampf competition, with badges made in the same form as in 1938-39, but only for Gau and Reich winners, and painted, rather than enameled. All of these badges were finely made as they were prestigious awards at the time, especially the Gau and Reich level awards, which of course were issued only in limited numbers as they represented a very high achievement in the regulated world of the Third Reich. The Hitler Youth Reichsberufswettkampf Badges are all collectible and desirable today.


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