I went down to Southern Ontario on the weekend and slithered through a couple of antique malls while I was there. A couple of small items followed me home. This one is a Hitler Youth belt buckle stamped M4/94, manufactured by Franz Weinrank, Vienna.
Archive for Hitler Youth
A nicely executed badge, this is the Gold Honour Badge for HJ members. This example is marked to manufacturer M1/78 (Paulmann & Crone, Lüdenscheid). It also has the RZM mark, Ges-Gesch (protected design) and the owners issue number. The badge was awarded to members of the HJ or BDM who joined prior to Potsdam Day (October 2, 1932) and had five years continuous service.
This is the BDM Proficiency Badge in Bronze (Leistungsabzeichen). It was issued to members of the Bund Deutsche Madel who passed proficiency tests in nursing, political awareness and athleticism, within one year.
There were two grades, silver and bronze. They were numbered on the reverse unless it was a replacement badge in which case it had an A or B on the rear instead. This example has the RZM code M1/14 for the manufacturer Oeschsler & Sohn, Ansbach.
This is the Hitler Youth patch worn by those boys who worked on the Flak units during WW2. Their job must have been particularly terrifying as they were required to be out in the open during the bomber raids, working the searchlights or assisting with the guns. On the other hand, fuck the little Nazi shitzen.
This pair of buttons are correct for a pre-war HJ/DJ shirt. The number indicates the Gefolgschaft number. In this case 38. The buttons are RZM marked to the rear.
The Germans had a Winter Assistance Program (Winterhilfswerk) which consisted of a street level collection aimed at raising funds to assist those who were cold or hungry. The program was started by Brüning in 1931 and later coopted by the NSDAP. Part of this program involved the exchange of decorative tokens of nominal value, usually in sets.
This set dates from the 10th and 11th of May, 1941 and consisted of 8 items of HJ and DJ equipment. There were three series of this issue, varying slightly in materials and finish. Note the different drum color and the glass flag in this set compared to the other one here.