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1st Class neck cross of the German Social Welfare Decoration. Fine white and black enamel. Gilt metal. The oak leaves and the ring in mint condition as well. No chipping to the enamel.
Original red case of issue. Bordered by a gold liner to the top. Lining lettered "Ehrenzeichen für deutsche Volkspflege 1. Stufe". Bottom "Godet Berlin" maker marked. Push-button present.
A rare set in fantastic condition!
The Social Welfare Decoration (Ehrenzeichen für deutsche Volkspflege) was a German Civil Award created by Adolf Hitler on May 1, 1939, for services in the social sector. The decoration was issued in three classes and was awarded for a wide variety of service, in the social sector, to the German state. Qualifying service would have been with Winterhilfswerk, National Socialist People's Welfare, medical and rescue work, or care of foreign and ethnic Germans. As a replacement for the German Red Cross Decoration, it was conferred in four classes consisting of a white-enameled gold Balkenkreuz with Reich eagle and swastika. A "Medal of Social Welfare" was also issued for lesser degrees of service, not warranting the higher presentation of a class award.
The main requirement for the award was that the service rendered should be to the benefit of the civil population. Reinhard Heydrich was awarded the decoration for his running of the Gestapo in the 1930s and for providing "security" to the German people.