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Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1936

Object | Accession Number: 1996.75.40

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    Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1936

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Nazi Party Labor Day (Tag der Arbeit) 1936 pin. Labor Day (also known as May Day) takes place on May 1 to celebrate laborers and the working classes. In April 1933, after the Nazi party took control of the German government, May 1 was appropriated as the “Day of National Work,” with all celebrations organized by the government. On May 2, the Nazi party banned all independent trade-unions, bringing them under state control of the German Labor Front. This style of mass-produced, die-struck metal pin is often referred to colloquially as a tinnie.
    Date
    issue:  1936
    commemoration:  1936 May 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Esterman. These publications were obtained in Germany in 1935 by Benjamin and Sophie Esterman, American citizens who were traveling in Europe, and visited Germany in order to see for themselves and to inform others where Nazism was going. They are donated in the same spirit to the Holocaust Museum by the children of Benjamin and Sophie Esterman and their families; to bear witness and to warn of the cruelty and danger of bigotry, racial prejudice, and hatred.
    Markings
    front, upper left, raised : 1.Mai / 1936 [1 May 1936]
    front, lower left, raised : R/ K [Richard Klein]
    back, center, raised : SCHANTZ & EPPERLEIN / ALTENHAMMER / OBPF.
    Contributor
    Designer: Richard Klein

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Genre/Form
    Badges.
    Physical Description
    Circular, silver-colored, die-struck, metal pin with a raised design depicting a plow to the left of a vertical hammer and sword. Slightly below these is a smaller Parteiadler, a stylized eagle with its head turned to the right, holding in its claws a wreath with a canted swastika at the center. On the front, there is German text and a maker’s mark. On the back, a horizontal pin is fixed to the center above lines of manufacturer’s information. The pin may be made from an aluminum alloy with a silver-washed surface.
    Dimensions
    overall: | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm) | Diameter: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Germany
    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The lapel pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by Mark Esterman.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-17 10:04:09
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