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Cross of Honor of the German Mother

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creationcirca 1939-1945
GenreNazism & Propaganda;Currency, Medals & Militaria
Object ID2014.006.001
CreatorNationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei [issued by]
Carl Poellath Schrobenhausen GmBh [engraved by]
Place of CreationGermany
DescriptionCross of Honor of the German Mother, 3rd Class Order bronze medal. Blue and white enamelled cross patté​e with black swastika on a white background with bronze sunburst at centre. Back of medal is engraved. A blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon threaded through the top of the cross. 
Materials/Techniquesmetal, enamel paint, ribbon
Measurementsmedal: 4.5 x 3.6 cm; ribbon: 28.5 x 1 cm
InscriptionsFront: DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER [THE GERMAN MOTHER]

Reverse: 16. / Dezember / 1938 / Adolf Hitler [signature]
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2014 by Theatre North West
Classificationawards, medals
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Theatre North West
NoteThe Cross of Honor of the German Mother was a civilian order of merit conferred from 1939 until 1945 to mother's who conceived and raised four or more children. The award was used as a propaganda measure to promote National Socialist ideologies of ethnic-nationalism and encourage population growth.

1st Class Order, Gold: mothers of eight or more children
2nd Class Order, Silver: mother of six to seven children
3rd Class Order, Bronze: Mothers of four to five children