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Cross of Honor of the German Mother, 3rd Class Order, Bronze Cross

Object | Accession Number: 2013.42.2 a-c

Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter [Cross of Honor of the German Mother] was a civilian award instituted following a December 16, 1938, decree by Adolph Hitler to encourage German women to bear more children. Recipient were nominated by the Nazi Party or a government official and had to be of pure German origin and good character. The medal was issued from 1939-1944 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. Known as the Mutterkreuz (Mother's Cross), approximately three million medals were presented to German women.

Date
1938 December 16  (commemoration)
Geography
manufacture : Munich (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Awards
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Phillip Sloan and Katherine Tillman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:05
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