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RAD

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RAD Stickpin in Enamel (Item RAD 5-1a; PINS 5-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very nice little ‘RAD’ Reichsarbeitsdienst membership stickpin. “Ges. Gesch.” and a company logo are on the back.

PRICE: $68.00

 

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‘Thanks’ Stickpin for Labor Services (Item RAD 5-1; PINS 5-11)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very nice little ‘RAD’ Reichsarbeitsdienst membership stickpin. “Ges. Gesch.” and a company logo are on the back.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Arbeits Dank Abzeichen, Work Thanks Appreciation Badge (Item RAD 5-2; PINS 5-13)

DESCRIPTION: This is the enameled award-type pin presented under the auspices of the RAD (Reich’s Labor Service) for special help in the 4-year plan of the NSDAP. The words ‘Arbeits Dank’ are seen along the richly enameled sides, while the spade of the workers is seen in the center with its being perceived with shovel blade pointed downward instead of the usual upright position. It’s ‘Ges. Gesch. on the back with a company logo.

PRICE: $125.00

 

 

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RAD Salt-and-Pepper Tableware Piece (Item RAD 5-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a condiment dispenser for salt and pepper from a Labor Corps (RAD; Reichs Arbeitsdienst). It is in fine porcelain and marked with the corps name and the logo of the porcelain company and its eagle logo. Tigisch-Altwasser in Dresden is the company. This is a nice inexpensive original NS porcelain collectible item.

PRICE: $125.00

 

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Book Wir Arbeitsmaiden(Item RAD 5-5)

DESCRIPTION: This soft-cover book entitled We are Work Maidens is a pictorial that covers a little-known aspect of the history of the Third Reich: the contribution of the females of Germany’s National-Socialist agenda. This was the Arbeitsmaiden, the uniformed ladies and girls that were of great importance to the movement. The organization numbered 100,000 members in 1939. They were educated in all the various duties that fell to women. Mainly they learned through actual experience with agriculture, sports, domestic endeavors, and music appreciation for Wagner, Beethoven, Bach, and the beloved folk tunes of German prose and poetry. They didn’t have “Kiss” or the “Grateful Dead” around in those days and Michael Jackson would have quickly been put in a cage. The agenda then was cleanliness, idealism, and the quest of national beauty. For the most part they were being groomed toward marriage with men who were prepared equally for the NS ideal of Herrenvolk for the future. No matter what you have been conditioned to believe this was a good program and it’s too bad it’s not around today. Sorry Rosie O’Donnell, you couldn’t join. There are hundreds of great pictures. (The cover has a piece torn away at the top-right corner, but the former owner covered the whole cover in a plastic wrap neatly applied so it can be described as “in nice condition.”

PRICE: $125.00

 

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Another Great Book on the RAD Ladies(Item RAD 5-6)

DESCRIPTION: The book, Wir Arbeitsmaiden am Werk, is pretty much the same as the book described above; however, this one is bigger, thicker, and has 136 pages of great pictures. It’s covered with a plastic covering and it the same measurement as the one above: 11 x 7 1/2 inches. It was published in Leipzig in 1940. It has just great pictures in sharp black and white. This is really nice presentation of an organization that was necessary to the NS ideals. This is a real collector’s treasure.

PRICE: $135.00

 

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Album from the Woman’s Labor Corps Division (RADwJ) (Item RAD 5-6a)

DESCRIPTION: The RADwJ was the “Weiblichen Jugend” and was the woman’s (female youth) section of the RAD—“Reichsarbeitdienst”—National Labor Service. Girls entered the RAD from the BDM (Bund Deutscher Mädel) and after completing a six-month period of service they were normally released. Their tasks included being workers as auxiliary agricultural labor force, service and hospitals, and schools to help maintain the public utilities and transportation systems. It was a necessary function to the National Socialist system and a great patriotism and morale builder for the young ladies. This album was assembled by one of these Arbeitsmädchen from her service and travels during her enlistment. The dorms, the plays, and monuments are pictures and in the back of the album are letters and notes from the girl in beautifully executed Germanic script. There are also various short notations with signatures from her fellow Mädchen who served with her. Some of the quotes are very inspiring and from the heart. This is a wonderful album that reaches across the span of time and illustrates the patriotic fervor that was a sign of the times. The album measures 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches and is in perfect condition. There are 57 photos and the notes and dedications plus at the front there are two great full-page pictures printed within of Adolf Hitler, the Führer, and the leader of the women’s divisions, Gertrud Scholtz Klink. This is a really important historical treasure.

PRICE: $250.00

 

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Book Lieder der Arbeitsmaiden(Item RAD 5-8)

DESCRIPTION: This little gem, published in 1939, is all the beautiful songs sung by the German Female Voluntary Work Corps. It has 240 pages, soft cover, and there are several great illustrations as chapter openings. These themes represent the spirit of the time and the ideals of the young women who belonged to this colorful and important part of the NS movement. There are hundreds of great, moving songs and musical scores with many that should be familiar to the true Germanophile: “Prinze Eugen,” “Lied zum 9. Nov.,” “Volk ans Gewehr,” “Heilig Vaterland,” “Dem Führer,” “ Flamme Empor,” “Wohlauf Kameraden aufs pferd,” etc. This is a must collectable of the collector of RAD items.

PRICE: $165.00

 

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Book Freude und Arbeit, Joy and Work in English and German (Item RAD 5-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most lavish editions published in the Third Reich and is in large format and measures 10 x 14.5 inches. It was generally devoted to Germany allies and European friends. The pictures with German and English subtitles are extremely fine and crystal clear. The colors are stupendous and there are many colored photos and illustrations throughout. The book came under the auspices of the Strength through Joy organization that was part of the German Labor Front under the direction of Reichsleiter Robert Ley, whose portrait is on the cover. There are many interesting articles inside, but one of special note is a pictorial visit to the Reichskanzlei (Reich Chancellery) in Berchtesgaden, a building that few Western people even knew existed. Yet it was one of the most important buildings of the Third Reich. It still stands unmolested by the stupid present-day German government, which in its zeal to remove all vestiges of the more noble Reich, is pulling down these historical landmarks at an alarming rate. Thank goodness the Reich Chancellery was saved by private purchase. We have an original oil painting of it at Item AH 14-3. This building was used by the Führer whose intense work was divided between Berlin and Berchtesgaden using the Berlin Neu-Kanzlei and the smaller, but palatial mansion. The magazine also has a section on SA sports, hunting, Christmas celebrations, nationalists, Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, etc. It is a beautiful and very important archival treasure.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Arbeits Dank (just came in, the rare orange-colored stickpin) (Item RAD 5-10; PINS 6-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a stickpin with the rare orange enamel face so sought after. The usual ones are with deep-red color. The design is the RAD spade with oak-leaf decoration added to it. The badge is stickpin form or lapel pin and was an official insignia of the RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst). It was issued by the labor organization after one would serve his mandatory 6 months’ work service. He would receive the orange one if he voluntarily served 12 months or more.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Beautiful German Handworkers’ Pin (Item RAD 5-11; PINS 6-18)

DESCRIPTION: This large pin was to commemorate and honor the handcraft men and women of Germany. Handarbeit was highly encouraged in the Third Reich agenda. The Deutscher Handwerker Verein was officially a division of the DAF (Deutsches Arbeits Front) under the direction of Dr. Robert Ley. This badge is in elegant red enamel with silver design of the shaking hands with the swastika in the background. The badge is large, measuring 1 x 1 1/2 inches and is in fine condition. This is a great collectible item.

PRICE: $125.00

 

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Patch for the NS-Frauenwerk (Item RAD 5-12)

DESCRIPTION: This is a general patch for the sports shirts of the Frauenwerk, the section of the Frauenschaft devoted to work and the work ethic. See the explanation at Item PINS 6-1. The patch is in machine-embroidered cotton in perfect condition. It is clearly marked with the words ‘Bevo-Wuppertal,’ the maker. The patch measures about 4 x 4 inches with the extra cloth that would have been discarded when applied to the sports shirt. This is a scarce patch!

PRICE: $125.00

 

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NS Arbeitsdienst (Work Service) Member Badge for Special Unit (Item RAD 5-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an extremely rare and beautiful Work Service pin or badge. It’s unusual in that it was struck for just one unit as its personal insignia and obviously worn instead of the usual membership pin. It is the size of a U.S. 5-cent piece or about an inch in diameter. It is crafted in gorgeous orange color. Around the edges it says “N.S. Arbeitsdienst Abteilung 4/305 ‘Braunschweig.” On its back is “Ges. Gesch.” As usual with the initials ‘RADJ.’ This is a really great find and historically important.

PRICE: $170.00

 

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Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) Frauensachbearbeitren (Item RAD 5-14; PINS 8-9)

DESCRIPTION: This term describes the job function of a secretary who deals in matters regarding women employed in the German Labor Front, women’s RAD, Landjahr members, or women employed in factories. This was an important position. On the back it is marked with the official ‘RZM’ mark in the circle and the manufacturer’s permission designated by M 1/72. The badge is quite beautiful using a band of blue enamel around the cogwheeled swastika. This one is scarcer than the normal woman’s DAF badge. This one is for a secretary in the Ortssachbearbeitenen section.

PRICE: $150.00

 

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Mercedes (Daimler-Benz) Pendant in Silver Presented to Women Employees (Item RAD 5-15; PINS 8-10)

DESCRIPTION: The history of Germany and the history of Daimler-Benz run on parallel tracks. The automobile company actively supported the NS regime. Leading managers of Daimler-Benz lent valuable assistance to the National Socialists even before Adolf Hitler became chancellor in 1933. The corporation often claimed that it was responsible for helping to motorize the ‘movement.’ One way the company aided Hitler’s party was to take out large advertisements as early as 1931 in the Volkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the NS. It is rumored that in exchange Daimler-Benz cars were given or lent to the party officials. The three-pointed Mercedes emblem and the NS swastika were paired in the eyes of the “Volk.” The company itself was a personal favorite of the Führer, who generally rode in Mercedes cars, as did the rest of his entourage. Actually Jacob Werlin, who was an associate of the company, was a personal friend of Adolf Hitler, whose ties with the German Führer dated back to the 1923 putsch. When Hitler left Landsburg Prison in 1924, Werlin picked him up at the prison gates in a nice, new Mercedes. It is said that Hitler held a very nice portfolio of Daimler-Benz stock, which Werlin personally administered for him. The top management of Daimler-Benz welcomed the military buildup under National Socialism; the company became the leading armaments maker in Germany. Airplane motors and spare parts, tanks and armored vehicles, heavy trucks, and even a major section of the V2 rocket were provided for the German government. On a massive scale Daimler-Benz employed tens of thousands of men and women including foreign workers into the battle to produce engines for the German Air Force. But alas, even though the company’s products were made in the greatest of precision and quality (many times better than the foes were able to produce), the problem was that they could not keep up with the demand being outnumbered by the Allies’ sloppy production pieces, but the Americans were able to provide 50 tanks and engines to every one of Germany’s elite products, and then alas, came the “Götterdämmerung” and the new age slithered forth. These pendants were distributed by the company to faithful women employees for diligent service in accordance and cooperation with the NS Arbeits Front, the labor organization within the factories. Again, as we said in the beginning of this explanation, the Benz company worked in close parallel with the NS administrators. I would suppose the officials and Daimler-Benz historians in the new Germany would trip over themselves to deny this. But common sense would tell us that for such a huge industrial conglomeration it would only be quite natural that a patriotic position would be uppermost in the minds of company officials in that bygone era, for all the natural reasons that would come to mind. The amulets, cufflinks, tie pins, lapel pins in the 1930s that were presented were all of the same pattern showing the amalgamation of the company with the ideals and agenda of their best customers, the National Socialist party and later, the regime. The pendant is slightly larger than an American dime (10-cent piece). It is die struck in silver, although unmarked. The early national eagle is shown superimposed at the top of the Mercedes logo. The back may have been left open for the inclusion of the recipient’s name and work number. The detail is excellent and few things offered can be quite so important to German 20th-century history. This is very, very rare!

PRICE: $235.00

 

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RADwJ House and Office Flag (Item RAD 5-17 & FLAG 1-17)

DESCRIPTION: This is the official flag of the Deutscher Frauenarbeitsdienst, the German Woman’s Labor Service. This organization was established under the auspices of the NS Fraunschaft (National Socialist Woman’s Organization). In June 1935 a law was enacted to make labor service compulsory and in 1936 the Deutsche Frauenarbeitsdienst was separated from the NS Frauenschaft and became the RADwJ (National Labor Service for Female Youth). This is a massive approximately 47 x 80-inch single-sided-constructed printed cotton flag. The original rope loop ties are still there for mounting. The flag is in very nice condition with no apparent holes or mothing. It has the original heavy bunting along the edges. This is a rare and desirable item of great NS importance.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Book Steine als Zeugen Showing the Location of Memorial Stones, Tablets, etc., from the RAD (Item RAD 5-18)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a newer book, but important enough to include in this section. It’s a soft-cover publication from 1983 that was put together to show all the memorials, grave stones, etc. that are still, or as of the writing, still surviving. Also shown are such monuments as they existed in the time of the Third Reich; all of them having to do with the Reich Arbeitsdienste-RAD (National Labor Service). This is fascinating to find that the BD “Bundes Deviates” have not been able to remove every vestige of Germany’s Imperium era. There are 120 pages and hundreds of pictures of these highly thought of sites and memorials. In every case though, the swastika, that symbol that still strikes fear into the hearts of the hesitant plebian, has been removed if in fact the stone or other item has been left at its place of honor. Many of the former RAD men served in the army or later, the Waffen-SS, and some of the memorials are actually tombstones with the honored Iron Cross along with the revered spade and wheat sheaths of the Labor Corps. This is a fascinating book that had limited issuance back in 1983 and is totally unobtainable today. The beauty of the book is that one can actually find all of these places and hopefully see all these testaments to the ethic of work and loyalty.

PRICE: $75.00

 

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Badge of Honor of the Dr. Fritz Todt Prize (Item RAD 5-19; PINS 8-17)

DESCRIPTION:    Here is a great genuine silver stickpin that is a miniature of the Dr. Fritz Todt Prize. In an order published on 12 November 1943, Hitler directed that a special achievement award be established to recognize persons in industry who had made a significant contribution to the war effort. The award was to honor Dr. Fritz Todt, the driving force behind the German autobahn system and the construction of the West Wall. This is a perfect highly detailed miniature of the full-sized badge in silver and would be worn proudly by the recipient of the award. It was struck in silver from dies in remarkable detail and is stamped (800) silver content.

PRICE: $185.00

 

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RAD Reichs Arbeits Dienst (Labor Corps) Ring (Item RAD 5-20)

DESCRIPTION: This believe it of not is a piece more rare than an S.S. Ring. For some reason very few ever show up in the world of NSDAP collecting. In our own ring collection we consider this particular piece to be a treasure! The ring is quite handsome with the traditional spade with wheat stalks on each side. The shank is decorated with oak leaves and acorns. The silver content 835 is marked inside. The RAD was the institution set up in NSDAP Germany to combat unemployment. Similar to the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the U.S. that by the way was copied from the RAD. During the duration of WW II it was an auxiliary formation which provided support for the Wehrmacht. It was formed in July 1934 as the official state labor service. RAD members were to provide service for various civil, military, and agricultural projects. Labor leader Konstantin Hierl was its leader all through the organization’s lifetime. The organization was divided into two major sections. The Reichsarbeitsdienst Männer (RAD) for men and the Reichsarbeitsdienst Der Weiblichen Jugend (RAD/wJ) for women. It was a very good social program. It reduced unemployment to practically zero and it gave a whole generation a sense of valuble comradeship and nationalism, an inner feeling of human endeavor and the actual joy of work. If only we had the CCC or Arbeits Dienst today there would be a considerable smaller prison population that is for sure! Anyway here is a rare ring at a very reasonable price.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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