Original German WWII Service Worn HJ National Youth Organization Small Camp Flag - 22" x 31"

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice "service worn" example of a WWII German HJ National Youth Association camp flag, which really looks like it has "been there"! The flag measures approximately 22" x 31", and is a double sided multi-piece design. Each side has a different HJ diamond with a sewn on swas (hook cross), attached to the three piece body of the flag. These flags would have been flown at camps during activities outdoors, or possibly indoors. The smaller size is not quite big enough for parade use.

The flag shows multiple tears and damage from use, and has staining to the fabric consistent with use outdoors, and possibly falling into the mud at some point, and then being cleaned. "Worn" items such as these were often overlooked by USGI's bringing back mementos, so they are somewhat hard to find.

A genuine WW2 German HJ Youth flag in this condition is unlikely to be encountered again anytime soon! Comes ready to display.

The German National Youth Organization, often abbreviated as HJ, was the youth organization of the NSDAP Party in Germany. Its origins date back to 1922 and it received the name H-Jugend, Bund deutscher Arbeiterjugend ("H Youth, League of German Worker Youth") in July 1926. From 1936 until 1945, it was the sole official boys' youth organization in Germany and it was partially a paramilitary organization. It was composed of the HJ Youth proper for male youths aged 14 to 18, and the German Youngsters in the HJ Youth (Deutsches Jungvolk in der HJugend or "DJ", also "DJV") for younger boys aged 10 to 14.

With the surrender of NSDAP Germany in 1945, the organization de facto ceased to exist. On 10 October 1945, the Youth and its subordinate units were outlawed by the Allied Control Council along with other NSDAP Party organizations. Under Section 86 of the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Germany, the H Youth is an "unconstitutional organization" and the distribution or public use of its symbols, except for educational or research purposes, is illegal.

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