Original German WWII NSDAP Golden Party Badge Pin
Original Item: Only One Available. Original Item: Only One Available. This is the large version which measures 30.5mm which was issued to be worn on a military uniform. It is marked on reverse GES. GESCH and numbered 90447. The pin on reverse is missing, but overall condition is good. This badge is un-researched with interesting historical possibility as the issue number, in some cases, can be linked to an individual that was one of the first 100,000 members of the NSDAP Party during WW2.
The Golden Party Badge (Goldenes Parteiabzeichen) was authorised by Adolf AH in a decree in October 1933. It was a special award be given to all NSDAP Party members who had, as of 9 November 1933, registered numbers from 1 to 100,000 and unbroken Party membership. Other Golden Party Badges (with the initials 'A.H.' stamped on the reverse) were awarded at the discretion of AH to certain members of the party who merited special treatment. An identical badge was awarded each year on 30 January to persons who had shown outstanding service to the NSDAP Party or State. Only 20,487 men and 1,795 women were actually approved for and awarded the badge (outside of the ones AH awarded at his discretion).
The Golden Party Badge was the basic NSDAP Party Badge with the addition of a gold wreath completely encircling the badge. The badge was awarded in two sizes: 30.5 mm for wearing on service uniforms and 24 mm for wearing on a suit jacket. In the event of the death of the recipient, the badge would be kept by the family. However, due to the numbered certificate, no one else was allowed to wear the badge. Adolf AH's own Golden Party Badge had the number '1'. He awarded it to Magda Goebbels in late April 1945 and proclaimed her as the "First Mother of the Reich". The '1' badge was stolen from a display in Russia in 2005. The guards thought that a cat had set off the alarms and this allowed the burglar to escape with the badge.
In the 1930s, Rudolf Hess had explored the possibility of making the Golden NSDAP Party Badge the first degree of a multi-degree award of the German Order. In Hess' proposal, the Golden NSDAP Party Badge would have been the lowest degree, followed by a 2nd class medal, 1st class cross, and then a Knight's Cross neck order. Hess's degrees were never bestowed, but the German Order retained the Golden NSDAP Party Badge as its centerpiece.
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