German-American Bund Membership Badge

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_the_United_StatesThis is an interesting enamel badge manufactured by the Apollo Jewelry Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, New York. The Apollo Jewelry Company later became a significant supplier to the U.S. Military and operated right into the 60’s. In this case this badge indicates membership in the German-American Bund, the pro-Nazi organisation that flourished right up until the day the US entered the war. After Pearl Harbor the organisation lost membership rapidly, both due to patriotic currents and because the membership immediately became suspect to the Government due to the fact that Germany had declared war on the U.S.

The AV stands for “Amerika-deutscher Volksbund”.

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2 Responses to “German-American Bund Membership Badge”

  1. Juxkarte 006 Says:

    I think you will find that AV = Amerikadeutscher Volksbund, and i think you will find that your badge is a fake.

    • Yeah, the AV definition came from the WAF forums. There was some discussion about whether these badges are correct. Do you have proof beyond speculation that these are fake? Was there an actual badge that this is copied from or is this fantasy through and through?

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