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Cross of Honor of the German Mother [Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter] medal, 3rd Class Order, Bronze Cross

Object | Accession Number: 2012.248.1

Cross of Honor of the German Mother [Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter] 3rd class order, Bronze Cross, an award instituted following a December 16, 1938, decree by Adolph Hitler to encourage German women to bear more children. It was awarded by the Nazi Party in Hitler's name, with his signature engraved on the back. A recipient could be nominated by the Party or a government official and had to be of pure German origin and good character. The medal was issued in three levels: first class, gold, for mothers with eight or more children; second class, silver, for six to seven children; third class, bronze for four to five children. The medals were awarded from 1939 to 1944 to more than three million German women.

Date
1938 December 16  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Awards
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jean Oakes
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:04
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