Condition: Near Mint
Maker: Ferdinand Wagner, Pzorheim
Product Description: This Hitler Youth Kreissieger Badge has great finish. The obverse retains virtually all of the original bronzing, with original luster and a particularly attractive, light golden tone. There is some cracking and losses to the original enamel, on both the white roundel behind the eagle, and the HJ diamond emblem. The reverse of this high-quality Hitler Youth Kreissieger Badge has raised lettering that identifies the manufacturer as the firm of Ferdinand Wagner in Pforzheim. All of the original finish is present on the reverse, with a pleasant, light age patina. The hardware setup features a distinctive straight, broad pin. The block hinge and sheet metal catch are intact and unrepaired, and retain beautiful original gold-tone finish. This Hitler Youth Kreissieger Badge is a nice example of a desirable award.
Historical Description: The first Nazi youth organization was created in Germany in 1922. In 1926, this organization took on the name “Hitlerjugend” (Hitler Youth) and by 1930, it had over 25,000 members. From 1933 to 1945, the Hitler Youth was the only official youth organization in Germany. The Hitler Youth was for boys aged 14 to 18, and also included the “Deutsche Jungvolk” for boys aged 10 to 14, and the “Bund deutsche Mädel” for German girls. This was primarily a paramilitary organization. Members learned military skills such as drill and marching, and were arranged in units with a command structure similar to that of the military. These units were subject to political lectures and other types of indoctrination using Nazi propaganda. By December of 1936, the Hitlerjugend had over 5 million members. During WWII, The Hitler Youth assisted the German postal service and the Reich national railways, among other tasks. By the end of the war, Hitler Youth members were being deployed in combat as anti-aircraft gunners attached as auxiliaries to the Luftwaffe, and as members of the Volkssturm militia units. Hitler Youth personnel had a wide variety of uniforms and headgear, including tan summer uniforms, wool winter uniforms, and specialized clothing for sports competitions or special units. These uniforms were worn with a wide variety of different insignia which designated specific functions and units. Headgear ranged from simple field caps and ski caps, to specialized equipment. Hitler Youth members were also eligible to earn a range of awards. At the end of the war, the Hitlerjugend was disbanded, and later banned by the German criminal code.
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