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N016178 HJ/WHW/NSDAP GAU STEIERMARK DONATION CAN.(Schenkungbüchse)
BACKGROUND: The WHW, "Winterhilfswerk" (Winter-help-work), was an annual charitable donation event held by the "NS -Volkswohlfahrt" (National Socialist - Peoples’-welfare-organization), in which personnel from all of the NSDAP organizations would solicit donations from the public, and reward contributors with a wide variety of lapel badges or propaganda booklets.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A red-painted, sheet metal can, roughly 17cm in overall height, and 10.5cm in diameter. A hinged lid is to its top, which is stepped as it ascends, with an angled coin slot to its apex, unto whose surface are the raised serial numbers "1724". To the lid, immediately above its hinge, is a small, circular perforation, with "Papier" (Paper) embossed to one side of it and "Geld" (Money) to the other. A handle is riveted to the reverse, beneath the lid’s hinge. Embossed to the can itself, "Gau Steiermark" (Administrative-region Steiermark). To its bottom is the embossed maker’s name, "M. Westermann & Co," with "G.m.b.H." underneath it, for "Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung" (Company with limited Liability), both arching above "Wesco" within a diamond, and with "Neheim -Ruhr" arching beneath that. The embossed number "8" may be seen below the latter location. Shows the expected age with a large dent to the left facing side, as well as some tape and paper/glue residue. The original small security tag is intact to the front. Of Note: The Gauleiter in Steiermark was held by Siegfried Uiberreither who was a mountain trooper during 1939-1940. In 1940 he was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant and became Reichsstatthalter of Styria. In the following two years, he was promoted to Chief of the Civil Administration in Lower Syria (Yougoslavia) and Reich Defence Commisar of the Gau of Styria.
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