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May Day pin

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Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creation1 May 1938 (commemoration)
GenreNazism & Propaganda
Object ID1993.050.003
Previous NUmber93.08.0142
CreatorNationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei [issued by]
Place of CreationGermany
DescriptionCircular, silver coloured metal pin. Obverse has image of a man and woman dancing infront of a May pole. Reichsadler eagle with swastika and date below. Reverse has text and space for clasp, which is missing. Obverse is significantly corroded. 
Materials/Techniquesmetal alloy
Measurementsdiameter: 3.5 cm
InscriptionsRecto: 1 MAY 1938
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society in 1993 by Maurice Smith.

Artefacts from this accession were collected by the donor while he was stationed Bloemendaal, Holland where his duties included guarding German Wehrmacht supplies. Bartering between civilians and Allied soliders was common and the donor obtained several artefacts in this manner. 

The donor served in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry regiment in 1944 during the invasion of Italy before joining the the First Canadian Army during the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. 
Classificationbadges, pins (jewelry)
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Maurice Smith
Part ofArtefacts
NotePin issued in commemoration of May Day (May 1). In 1933, the Nazi government established May Day as a national holiday to celebrate organized labour and German workers. Celebrations on this day were used to gain political support and promote ideologies of Volksgemeinschaft (folk community).