Original German NSDAP (NAZI PARTY) HITLER YOUTH DJ PROFICIENCY BADGE. (Leistungsabzeichen des DJ) Certified
Original German NSDAP (NAZI PARTY) HITLER YOUTH DJ PROFICIENCY BADGE. (Leistungsabzeichen des DJ) Certified. The DJ, Deutsche Jungvolk, (German Youth), originated in Vienna Austria in 1929, and was eventually to become the young branch of the Hitler Youth, for boys from ten to fourteen years old. The sigrune first became associated with the DJ on November 9TH 1929, the sixth anniversary of the failed Beer Hall Putsch, when the Gauleiter of Vienna presented them with their first official flag, consisting of a black field with a central silver sigrune. The sigrune was adopted as the official emblem of the DJ. In an attempt to promote physical fitness the Leistungsabzeichen des Deutschen Jungvolks, (Proficiency Badge of the German Young People), was introduced by Reichsjugendführer Baldur von Schirach on September 26TH 1935, for award to DJ members from the ages of twelve to fourteen years old, after successful completion of the prescribed tests. The testing for award of the badge included military like training exercise and political indoctrination. The DJ Proficiency badge was issued in only one grade and bestowal was discontinued in 1944. As with most awards a cloth version was also authorized for wear by qualifying personnel. Die stamped alloy construction. The badge is in the form of a vertical sigrune with a central circular panel with embossed pseudo-runic script, “Für Leistungen Im DJ”, (For Proficiency in the German Young People), encompassing a central canted swastika. The sigrune has a smooth surface while the central circular panel has a subtly pebbled background and the space between the swastikas arms is ribbed. Complete pin and catch assembly. RZM marked M1/15 for maker Ferdinand Hoffstätter, Bonn am Rhein. One of the classic Hitler Youth insignia from the third Reich in used condition. Typical light age toning plus wear during use. Nice example issued with expected slight age condition issues. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Rare 100% Guaranteed to be authentic. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. One of the classic badges, GREAT LOOKING DJ BADGE!