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Tapestry

Tapestry

Re-created SS Tapestries

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Here, as a very special offering, Germania International now presents to the “special collector” several wonderful copies of some of the most important tapestries of the Third Reich and the Schutzstaffel , in particular. The Reich was in a word “cultural." Every effort was expended to bring forth the glories of Aryan civilization and the rightful heritage of the “Übermensch.” Yes, this was to be accomplished with beautiful portrayals in paintings and sculpture, but the achievement in Wandteppich, or wall carpets/hangings, was practically deemed sacrosanct and seemed to bring forth the romance and sprit of the NS/SS agenda. Many of the particular inner offices of the SS were invariably decorated with tapestries that were one-of-a-kind artistic creations especially designed for that particular place and never used anywhere else. They expressed the inner meaning of that particular SS organization or, in some cases, the mission of the main exponents therein.

Several famous artists created such works of art including the supreme master, Herr Werner Peiner. His “Die Schlacht im Teutoburger Walde” (“Battle in the Teutoburger Forest”) in 1942 is probably one of the greatest examples of a Gobelin tapestry ever accomplished in the century. We explain the passion that other artists in the NS empire had for their very exquisite work and especially we dwell a bit on the artistic accomplishments of Professor and SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch and his sister Elsie Seifert. We mention Dr. Diebitsch as the principle referent in artistic matters to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, who adored tapestries. Diebitsch was the principle designer of not only SS tapestries, but almost every uniform item of the SS including the chained SS dagger and even national postage stamps. (See our listing of the authentic tapestries in the Third Reich section of this site.). However, the pieces that we offer here in the re-created section are accurate replicas of tapestries that either exist today in special collections worldwide, or a few that we know from photographs that existed in the Third Reich. Our emphasis will be on the known SS pieces that graced the walls of several historical offices of that organization.

Today, collectors who are what we call the “culture bearers” of militaria and high art, consider tapestries as the most-valued treasures of the Third Reich. When all the present negative hype has reached its end, and the true history of the workers’ Reich is recognized for what it truly was—the epitome of Aryan culture—then the authentic tapestries on that other area of our site will be seen to be priceless masterpieces. For now, though, some of our destiny marchers will be more than pleased to count one of these beautiful re-created wall hangings in their collections—and—without breaking the bank. The quality will astound you when you see the actual product. Pictures, we have to admit, do not do them justice. The fabric is fantastic and the detailing superb. They are probably worth much more, but consider the indicated price as a gift from us at Germania to the connoisseurs in our collecting field. “Unsere Ehre heißt Treue!



 

 

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Our re-created tapestry

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Here is the original Dachau tapestry

 

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Iron Crosses

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Hagel runes

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The original piece in the
Dachau Memorial Hall

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Note the barred enclosure

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Karl Diebitsch in his later years

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Professor Diebitsch in 1937

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Re-created Tapestry from the Original by Karl Diebitsch and Elsie Seifert (Item RECMUSEUM 1-1)

DESCRIPTION: Again, Germania International does not handle reproductions unless we see an item so prodigiously important that it should be re-created and offered to serious collectors who would never hope to see or even afford the original if such could ever be obtained. In this case, this item will in all likelihood never be found; it was the memorial tapestry from the city of Dachau (not to be confused with the famous concentration camp). In a quiet section of the 1,200-year-old town was a memorial to the men who had been killed in the early street fighting against the ‘Red Front’ in the 30s and to the Waffen- soldiers who had laid down their lives for Führer and Fatherland in the 40s (Second World War). Behind stalwart iron gates was a precious tapestry so revered that it sat behind an alter flanked by swastika flags and typical wall torches. Here, ceremonies were held both Christian and semi-Pagan to honor these brave men. The tapestry bore the legend “Eternal are the dead indeed." (“Ewig ist der Toten Tatenruhm”). Above this legend is the figure of a German National Eagle whose total visage is completely in its noble bearing. Then, all around the eagle are repetitive skulls and runes. Its borders are decorated with oak leaves and acorns in vibrant color and also there can be seen four Hagel runes and this symbol was widely used by the for its symbolic representation of unshakable faith in the NS-SS belief. You will also see it in the Himmler Ehrenring (Death’s-head ring) worn by members of the and also in wedding rings. In the four corners of the tapestry are the Iron Crosses to represent the supreme valor of the departed, honorable, fighting men. Nothing could have been considered more sacred than this tapestry other than the Blutfahne (Blood Flag) as carried in the Munich Putsch. Where this original tapestry is today no one knows among the collectors and researchers. I personally hope it was hidden away in time to save it from the ravages and destruction brought to Germany by the “glorious” Allied enemy.

Professor and SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch and his sister, Elsie Seifert

Professor Diebitsch was the official artist for the having designed many of the uniforms, daggers, and sword crests for officers, postage stamps with the theme, and several other important tapestries such as this one. We also present to you an actual rare prototype model 36 chained officer’s dagger by the professor on our pages at SS 36-14 You should go there for further information about Herr Diebitsch. Also see SS 36-15 to see another of his beautiful tapestry creations. His sister, Elsie Seifert, had early moved to America, but went back to Germany when Karl summoned her shortly after he was commissioned by the Reichsführer- Himmler to create several important tapestries for the Reich. She was the artist who did the actual construction, while her brother was the designer. Mr. R. Johnston, our historical advisor, met both Professor Diebitsch and Frau Seifert in the early 1980s and interviewed both of them. Although of advanced age, he found them to be sharp, informative, and more than willing to tell of their beloved art. They both gave Mr. Johnston several pictures of tapestries and other art pieces they had accomplished while in employ, and this included the pictures of the memorial tapestry in its place of honor at Dachau. Frau Seifert gave him pictures of many other tapestries they had created in the 30s and 40s, but the one that impressed him (Johnston) most was the Dachau Memorial Tapestry and when he saw these pictures that we show here, he said immediately that this masterpiece wall hanging just had to be created once again because it is so very meaningful. So, out of the pages of N.S.-SS history it comes forth once more and it is carefully and colorfully re-created. There is very little perceptible difference except for the fringe, but that couldn’t be helped. The workmanship is so very good that another tapestry made by the same company ended up being offered for $3,500 in a major European auction house whose staff thought it was authentic and from the N.S. “Braun Haus” in Munich, but when Mr. Johnston told them the facts it was withdrawn—these tapestries are really that fine. This re-creation is BIG: 68 x 50 inches.The colors are fast and they are washable. All in all, Mr. Johnston considers them to be a masterpiece of the weaver’s machine art. Here is your chance to own what can be considered a fitting tribute to true beauty perceived in cloth and dedicated to the hope of no more terrible ‘brother wars.’

PRICE: $285.00

 

 

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A book that further explains the Irminsul. This is not offered with the tapestry, but you can read about it by entering "Irminsul" with the author's name to your favorite search engine.

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This is the re-created tapestry that we offer; it will have fringed edges. Here is a marvelous opportunity to own such an important and esquisite artifact.

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ceremonies at the Extersteine. Note the bent-over Irminsul.

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Entrance hall of the -Ahnenerbe offices in Berlin.
Here you can see the original Irminsul tapestry as it hung there.

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Irminsul bread plate

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This symbol appears on all -Ahnenerbe stationary.

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-Standartenführer Wolfram Sievers
General Secretary of the -Ahnenerbe

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Wolfram Sievers
Director of the -Ahnenerbe

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Dr. Walter Darré, Racial Theoretician
The first patron of the -Ahnenerbe

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The original Ahnenerbe tapestry as found

Superb Re-creation of the Famed Ahnenerbe Tapestry with Irminsul (Item RECMUSEUM 1-9; AHN 5-3; ART 18-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here we proudly present a fantastic replica of the tapestry that hung in the foyer of the Ahnenerbe-Stiftung Verlag in Berlin. This was the ancestral heritage institution that was the pet project of SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler. Established by Himmler in 1935, this was an academy and society concerned with prehistory. See on our site the SS-Ahnenerbe ring and the Third Reich Ahnenerbe section AHN1-1. This was certainly the most-learned group within the National Socialist structure. Its members studied all the beginnings and ancient culture of the Teutonic people and kindred races. Among expeditions of Ahnenerbe personnel that were conducted were trips to Tibet and other far-off lands. The original tapestry was found to have been designed by professor and Oberführer-SS Karl Diebitsch and constructed by his sister Else Seifert. Much about Herr Diebitsch can be seen by going to Wikipedia and you can also go to our site and see original tapestries by Diebitsch and others by going to the Third Reich section and then to the subject SS and N.S. tapestries. Having owned the original of this tapestry we at Germania became rather enamored with it and the importance of it so we decided to commission a replica of it and that is what we presently offer. The piece came out in superlative form; the only difference, of course, is size and the copy has fringes all around the edges as it is truly an afghan in nature.

The Tapestry and the Irminsul

The words that are seen top and bottom of the tapestry are “Kein Volk lebt länger als die Dokumente seiner Kultur”–“No people live longer than the documentation of their culture.” This statement was pronounced by Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the opening of the Munich art museum Haus der Deutschen Kunst on 18 July 1937. Karl Diebitsch knew that no more fitting words could ever be more appropriate for this Ahnenerbe tapestry and for its central motif he chose the Irminsul. This was a sacred pillar-like object that played an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxon people. It represented the Saxon Tree of Life that held up the circumpolar stars and the immortals of the heavens—the stars that kept time for the ancients and is represented in all Caucasian tribes from the Teutons, Celts, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. The swastika, was one of our oldest Aryan symbols. This sacred Irminsul was said to have been at the top of the Extersteine near Detmold, Germany. This is a very famous rock formation that magnificently and mysteriously juts up from the ground, and was a place of worship for the ancient Teutons. Ahnenerbe archaeologist Wilhelm Teudt in 1929, interpreted much in his studies about the connection between the Irminsul and the Extersteine. In 1934 and 1935, the SS Ahnenerbe undertook extensive fieldwork in an attempt to uncover material evidence of the use of the Extersteine as a place of pagan worship. The rocks came to have great spiritual meaning to the SS in general and many SS sponsored trips by German citizens were offered, and certain reenactments and SS ceremonies were held there. On the area considered the front of the rock formations can be seen a Christian relief carved into the rocks and dated to the early ninth century. It is a crucifixion scene. If one looks closely at Nicodemus as he helps to lift the crucified Jesus from the cross he seems to have stood on the bent Irminsul as a symbol of triumphant victory for Christianity. The artist K. Diebitsch and Wolfram Sievers, who was the managing director of the Ahnenerbe and rose to rank of SS-Standartenführer, decided to reerect the Irminsul in keeping with their immense interest in bringing the past to the present and the future. The Irminsul became the official seal of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe. The tapestry we offer is huge and measures 74 x 54 inches. It’s 100-percent American made cotton and prewashed for softness and washable in cold water. It has four different types of special stitching and threads (This is not a print on fabric!). All is woven and absolutely awe inspiring when properly displayed. By using this type of weaving there is almost a 3D effect. The colors, the quality of artwork is in a word–SUPERB! The original was sold over 20 years ago for more than $22,000. Now, you can have this magnificent re-creation for only $285.00. You can consider this offer to be Germania’s service to history.

PRICE: $285.00

 

 

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Prince Josias in SS uniform

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Arolsen Castle in Bad Arolsen, Hesse, Germany

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View of the Inner court of the castle

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Star of the Arolsen crest as used today

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Waldeck und Pyrmont Coat of Arms.
Note the Arolsen star in the center

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Professor Karl Diebitsch at the SS Allach showrooms

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The prince as -Obergruppenführer (general)

Super Re-creation of the Tapestry of SS-Obergruppenführer and Hereditary Prince Josias von Waldeck und Pyrmont (Item RECMUSEUM 1-10; AHN 5-4; ART 18-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a re-creation of the tapestry that hung in the office of a royal prince of a royal German house. Prince Josias was one of the earliest members of the SS, and one of the first of the royal lines to join the ranks of the Schutzstaffel. The Erbprinz (“hereditary prince”) had an extraordinary and varied career and enjoyed an especially close relationship with Heinrich Himmler. He was born in Arolsen at the ruling family's castle, as the eldest son and heir of Prince Friedrich of Waldeck and Pyrmont, and his consort Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe. He was the nephew of William II, King of Württemberg, and Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen Regent of the Netherlands. He was badly wounded in WWI (including being a victim of a gas attack) and highly decorated receiving the Iron Cross First and Second Class and other decorations. He later volunteered for the Free Corps, (Freikorps) where he fought in Upper Silesia against the communists in 1919. Josias joined the Nazi Party in 1929, and the SS in 1930. He had married one of the sisters of the Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus of Oldenburg (1897-1970). Von Oldenburg’s two sisters married an SS major who was a prince of Schaumburg-Lippe; and SA Colonel Harald von Hedemann, making this a tight-knit circle of aristocratic NSDAP officials. During his first year in the SS, Josias became the chief of Himmler’s personal staff. Later, in 1933, he became the aide-de-camp of SS General Sepp Dietrich, who headed up Hitler’s personal security. That same year, he was promoted to major general (SS-Grüppenführer); this was part of his precipitous rise in rank. He also had a brief appointment as a counselor in the foreign office in 1933, and held a seat in the Reichstag throughout the era of the Third Reich. As of 1936, he headed the SS division of Fulda putting him in close proximity to Prince Philipp of Hessen, who was also an NSDAP royal and a high-ranking SA leader. Both Prince Josias and Prince Philipp were based in the city of Kassel. In Kassel, Josias created the Bureau for the Germanization of Eastern Peoples, which promoted the idea of SS-directed settlements in Eastern Europe. In 1939, he was appointed the higher SS and police leader in Weimar and in this capacity he had supervisory authority over the concentration camp at Buchenwald. The prince was also a general of the Ordnungspolizei (“regular police”) being personally appointed by Hitler in April 1941. Prince Josias was severe, hard driving, and ambitious. To cite an example, he oversaw an SS execution commando action at the Stadelheim Prison near Munich during the Röhm purge in June 1934, when he had to order the executions of several former comrades. It gave him no pleasure, but it was necessary to the future of the NSDAP, which he would defend with his own life, if necessary: “Wenn alle untreu werden, so bleiben wir doch true”: the motto meaning: “If all become unfaithful, we remain loyal.” The city of Kassel was the main headquarters of the prince, but the SS-Oberabschnitt Fulda-Werra, headed by Josias, was in the town of Arolsen. The stately Arolsen Castle, which continues to serve as the family home of the former ruling family of the Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont, is also located in Bad Arolsen. The innermost offices of Prince Josias were in the castle itself and the original of this tapestry that we offer graced the wall of his personal office in that regal castle. The symbol of the eight-pointed star—seen in different forms—is seen in the coat of arms of Arolsen; sometimes, the Waldeck arms are shown with a six-pointed star, but the prince chose to have the eight-pointed version on his personal tapestry. Note: the tapestry, like the famed Ahnenerbe example, has in its borders a series of geometric patterns that resemble a continuous pattern comprised of the letter “H” joined. Was this in honor of Heinrich Himmler? The background of the tapestry is decorated with alternating swastikas and runes, while the Irminsul Ahnenerbe tapestry has in it a background with alternating N.S. eagles and runics. We believe this is rather evidentiary that both of these tapestries were designed by the famed SS-Oberführer and Professor Karl Diebitsch, the originator of the SS Allach porcelain firm. More information about professor Diebitsch and the Ahnenerbe can be found at on this site here. So, dear collector, here is a chance to procure a great and accurate replica of a very important relic of the Reich.

PRICE: $285.00

 

 

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