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

Object | Accession Number: 2007.243.1

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

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter [Cross of Honor of the German Mother] medal was instituted by the Nazi Party in 1938 as a propaganda measure to promote National Socialist population policy. This medal is a 3rd class order, Bronze Cross. There were three classes of medal: gold, for eight or more children, silver, for six to seven children, and bronze for four to five children. Recipients were nominated by Nazi Party or government officials and had to be pure Germans, of good character, politically and socially. The first awards were in 1939 to some 3 million German mothers, the last in 1944.
    Date
    commemoration:  1938 December 16
    Geography
    issue: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of an Anonymous Donor
    Markings
    front, around the swastika, embossed : DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER [THE GERMAN MOTHER]

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Awards
    Category
    Medals
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Genre/Form
    Medals
    Physical Description
    Bronze, cross pattee styled medal with an elongated lower arm. In the center is a black enamel swastika on a white circular field surrounded by raised, bronze-colored German text. A square, bronze sunburst emanates from the circle, filling the space between the cross arms. The arms are blue enamel with a white border. A ribbon with a central wide blue stripe flanked by narrow white, blue, white stripes is threaded through a rectangular metal loop on the top of the cross. It is not sewn closed. There is text engraved on the reverse.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 5.250 inches (13.335 cm) | Width: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, ribbon, enamel paint
    Inscription
    reverse, engraved : 16. / Dezember / 1938 / Adolf Hitler [in cursive]

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Mother's Cross medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by an anonymous donor.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-26 08:49:05
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