Golden Party Badge

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Golden Medal of the Nazi Party
Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP
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Awarded by Nazi Germany
Type Badge
Eligibility Members of the Nazi Party
Awarded for being one of the first 100,000 members of the Nazi Party
Status Obsolete
Statistics
Established 1933
Precedence
Next (lower) basic Nazi Party badge without gold wreath

The Golden Party Badge (German: Goldenes Parteiabzeichen, officially the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP; Golden Medal of the National Socialist German Workers' Party) was a special badge of the Nazi Party. The first 100,000 members who had joined and had uninterrupted service in the Party were given the right to wear it (these were denoted by the party members' number stamped on the reverse). Other Golden Party Badges (with the initials 'A.H.' stamped on the reverse) were awarded at the discretion of Adolf Hitler to certain members of the party who merited special treatment. An identical badge was awarded each year on 30 January to persons who had shown outstanding service to the Nazi Party or State.[1]

The Golden Party Badge was the basic Nazi Party Badge with the addition of a gold wreath completely encircling the badge. The badge was awarded in two sizes: 30.5 mm for wearing on uniforms and 24 mm for other use.[citation needed] Adolf Hitler's own Golden Party Badge had the number '1'. He awarded it to Magda Goebbels in late April 1945 and proclaimed her as the "First Mother of the Reich".[2] The '1' badge was stolen from a display in Russia in 2005. The guards thought that a cat had set off the alarms and this allowed the burglar to escape.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 178–179.
  2. ^ Angolia 1989, p. 183.
  3. ^ Times online

References[edit]

  • Angolia, John (1989). For Führer and Fatherland: Political & Civil Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 978-0-912-13816-9.