Product Description: This is a very interesting and scarce Hindenburg Hitler commemorative medal from 1933. It’s struck from bronze. These were made in a non-portable form, as well as this type, with a ribbon and suspension ring. The front of the medal has the names of Hindenburg and Hitler over profiles of both leaders. The bottom bears the dates “30.1.1933-5.3.1933.” The first date was when Hitler was appointed as Chancellor, the second date was that of the 1933 German federal election. The reverse of the medal bears the inscription “Für ein freies geeintes und stolzes Deutschland – Hitler” (For a Free, United and Proud Germany – Hitler). This bronze Hindenburg Hitler commemorative medal has a very rich, deep surface patina that is very attractive. The medal shows only very light wear, and some very minor handling marks. This medal is complete with its original ribbon which is rarely encountered. The ribbon is made out of red silk, with a machine woven swastika emblem. The ribbon shows typical age toning and minor fading, and is complete with its original brass alloy pin. This Hindenburg Hitler commemorative medal is a very desirable, early piece, from the time of the 1933 elections, and is an attractive artifact of German political history.
Historical Description: Even before the Nazis came to power in 1933, many German companies marketed products to cash in on the patriotic zeal of Germans, and the zeal of the Nazi supporters. A vast range of patriotic and supporter items was produced, from wearable items like belt buckles, watch fobs, and jewelry, to wall plaques and tapestries, drinking mugs, all kinds of goods including disposable paper items. These items were designed with patriotic artwork including the red, white and black national colors, swastika emblems, and representations of Hitler. Some of these items were sported by patriotic Germans to show support for the new national attitudes and politics. Others were used by various groups and organizations as award items, to recognize various kinds of achievements. Still others were simply marketed as souvenirs. Not long after the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, the German government banned the creation of “kitsch” items using the image of Hitler, or National Socialist iconography. By 1934, the Reichzeugmeisterei was beginning to issue strict guidelines on the use of symbols of the Nazi Party and its organizations. But various types of commercially available patriotic and commemorative type items, ranging from mass-produced trinkets to unique works of art, continued to be produced until 1945.
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