BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. In August 1934 the DRK introduced a members association lapel pin for wear when personnel were in civilian clothing.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 16mm diameter, die struck alloy lapel pin with a silver wash and black, red and white enamel work. The pin features a silver washed circular outer border with black enamel Gothic script, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz", encompassing a white enamel inner field with a central Greek style red enamel cross. The reverse of the pin has embossed script, "Ges. gesch"., indicating, Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Protected by Law). The reverse also has its soldered pin back device intact.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $52.00

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