VERY RARE Original German NSDAP (NAZI PARTY) THIRD CLASS SOCIAL WELFARE MEDAL. (Ehrenzeichen für Deutsche Volkspflege III Klasse) Certified. On May 1ST 1939, Hitler introduced a series of four Social Welfare awards to replace the earlier DRK, Deutsche Rote Kreuz, (German Red Cross) awards. The earlier DRK awards only recognized loyal service in the DRK while the new Social Welfare awards recognized a wider scope of social welfare service. The new Social Welfare awards could be bestowed to all personnel who actively participated in Social Welfare assistance programs including the DRK, the WHW, Winterhilf Werk, (Winter Relief Program), personnel involved with the care of the sick and wounded, live saving services, excluding Fire and Police personnel and care of German nationals in foreign countries. In December 1939 amendments of the introductory order decreed that the bestowal of the Social Welfare awards to military personnel follow a specific rank level structure with the first class award reserved for General ranks, the second class award for the ranks of Oberst and Oberstleutnant, the third class award for the ranks of Major and Hauptmann and the fourth class for award to the ranks of Leutnant or below. Further amendments of January 30TH 1942 introduced crossed swords cypher for the third and fourth class awards for distinguished service or bravery in wartime. Nice quality, two piece, die struck, 3RD class Social Welfare Medal with a fire gilted finish and black and white enamel work. The award is in the form of a Greek style cross with fire gilted outer edges and white enamel arms with a large stylized black enameled national eagle with down swept wings clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons superimposed to the obverse center. The eagle features fire gilt detailing including the wreath while the canted swastika is finished in black enamel. The reverse of the award is plain. The award comes complete with a original, moire, red rayon ribbon with white outer edges stripes. In good condition with expected storage and use wear. Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. 100% guaranteed to be authentic pre-1945. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. A VERY RARE MEDAL!
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