BACKGROUND: On reaching the minimum age of eighteen any racially acceptable, physically fit German male could volunteer for service with the SS. If found suitable the individual would be accepted as a SS-Bewerber, (SS-Applicant). On the first Reichsparteitag, (National Party {NSDAP} Day), held annually in September, following the applicants acceptance he would be approved as a SS-Anwärter, (SS-Candidate), and issued his SS-Ausweis, (SS-Identification Card). Following a period of probation and compulsory Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labor Service), and Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), service obligations the SS-Anwärter would return to the SS and be inducted as an SS-Mann on the following November 9TH, the anniversary of the failed Beer Hall Putsch.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early pattern SS members identification card. The roughly, 9cm x 12cm, light weight, tan cardstock construction identification card with black printed Gothic script and typed and inkstamped particulars. The background field of the card features a subdued, printed, repeating national eagle and swastika pattern. The printed script to the obverse of the card includes the heading, "Schutzstaffeln der N.S.D.A.P"., followed by, "SS=Ausweis Nr.", (SS=Identification Card number), with inkstamped membership number, "154 625". The typed and printed script to the obverse of the card indicates the recipient was an, "SS-Mann", serving with, "5/I/27". The obverse also has a photograph of the recipient which has an overlapping embossed seals. The reverse of the card has printed and typed script which includes the recipients birth date and location, and the issue date of the card, "5. Marz. 1934", with the authorizing inkstamped facsimile signature of Reichsführer-SS, "H. Himmler" and the authorizing signature of "SS-Standartenführer", Walter Gerlach. The reverse of the card also has a blue postage style stamp with black printed script that indicates the card was valid for "Apr/Juni 1934.". The card is in overall very good condition.

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