N029975 HJ SONGBOOK. (Gesangbuch)

BACKGROUND: The origins of the Hitler Jugend, (Hitler Youth), may be traced back to March 1922 with the formation of the Jugendbund der NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (Youth League of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party), under control of the SA, Sturmabteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment). In April 1924 the Jugendbund der NSDAP was renamed Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung (Greater German Youth Movement), and on July 4TH 1926 the Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung was officially renamed Hitler Jugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend, (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth). The traditional Prussian eagle can be traced back to Charlemagne who adopted it from the displayed eagle emblem featured on the Standards of the Roman Legions when he was crowned as emperor in 800 AD. The Prussian eagle was retained through-out the years with minor modifications. The Hitler Youth adopted the Prussian style eagle for use on the HJ Bannfahne and DJ Jungbannfahne, the HJ Standard bearers gorget the scabbard of the HJ Leaders Dagger, on musical instruments and assorted sports awards and events badges to perpetuate the Imperial Prussian military tradition. Originally the Prussian eagle clutched a sword in its right talon signifying justice and a scepter in its left talon signifying authority but in the HJ version this was altered to a sword and a hammer signifying nationalism and socialism respectively.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A soft cover booklet measuring approximately 15.5cm x 22.5cm that consists of 40 pages. The first page has a square section cut out of it, probably where the insignia was present. The pages show typical yellowing and wear and are intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $50.00

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