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Hitler Jugend Leistungsabzeichen [Hitler Youth] proficiency badge

Object | Accession Number: 2006.103.1

Hitler Youth proficiency badge that would have been awarded for the successful completion of a series of tests measuring physical and ideological proficiency, rated according to the Leistungsbuch [identity document and performance book]. The tyr-rune [arrow shape] represents the warrior god Tyr. The Hitler Youth was founded by the Nazi Party in 1926 to shape the beliefs and actions of German youth to conform to national socialist ideology. After Hitler's selection as Chancellor in 1933, this became the national ideology, and loyalty to the Nazi Party and its leaders was a central teaching. The Hitler Youth was a pathway for service in the armed forces or, later, in the SS. In 1936, membership in Nazi youth groups became mandatory for all boys and girls between the ages of ten and seventeen.

Date
approximately 1940  (issue)
Geography
issue : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Lapel pins (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Cayla D. Houston
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:38
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