WW2 NS Schwesternschaft Badge in Solid Silver
The NS Schwesternschaft was the 'Kampfbund' fighting for the health of the NS State, according to a period article. It was the National Socialist (Nazi) Sisters (Nurses) organization and as part of the NSV, was expected to be thoroughly versed in party ideology and to use this as their guidelines, sometimes to the detriment of a terminally ill or hereditarily damaged patient. This is a rare members badge for the NS Schwesternschaft. The badge is of magnificent quality, and is sharply and massively die struck. The obverse shows the NS Welfare Organization logo in the center. The reverse has the original recipient's membership number. The number is preceeded by an 'L'. I've seen one with a 'V' as well, and it's speculated that the 'L' stands for Lehrling, or Lehrer (student or teacher) but I've not found any reference that clarifies the designation. The badge is marked 'Ges. Gesch. 800' indicating the design was registered and the silver content of the badge. The hinge has been replaced at some point but the catch is original to the badge. The badge itself is in excellent condition, with some light signs of use and a lovely tarnished silver patina. I've only seen a few of these over the years, and it is a badge that would likely have been discarded or destroyed after the war, due to the involvement of the organization in the euthanasia program and other questionable activities. A classic example of a rare and choice badge that is missing from most collections is still undervalued.