BACKGROUND: In February 1934, National Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach and Dr. Robert Ley, head of the German Labor Front collaborated in a joint effort to institute a National Trade Competition to encourage German youth to develop proficient skills in manual, technical or professional trades. The competitions consisted of twenty main categories with over seven hundred assorted trades being represented. All participants were required to belong to the HJ, DAF, or another NSDAP organization, and only those under 21 years old were eligible to compete. Participants were required to demonstrate their particular skills and successfully complete appropriate written tests. The competitions were held at the three different political levels with the winners advancing to the next level. Local, (Kreis), level competitions were held in February followed by the State, (Gau), level competitions in March and the National, (Reichs), level competitions held in April, with the National winners being bestowed their awards by Hitler personally on May 1ST, the Day of National Labor.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 20cm x 26cm, card stock award certificate with, in black, an eagle clutching in its talons both the HJ diamond and the DAF cog with swastikas, underneath of which is, in fraktur, "Reichsberufswettkampf 1936" (National trades Competition 1936) and the indication that this document was awarded for participating in the contest. It is signed by "Der Leiter des Jugendamtes der DAF" (The Leader of the Youth office of the German Labor Front), and the entire document is framed, in red script, with a quotation by Hitler. Comes in a modern frame for protection.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $79.00

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