Winterhilfswerk charity pin depicting Frederick the Great

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creation1936
GenreClothing, Jewellery & Textiles;Nazism & Propaganda
Object ID2018.016.024
CreatorNationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt
Place of CreationGermany
DescriptionCircular metal pin depicting profile portrait of Frederick the Great, commemorating 150 years since his death.
Materials/Techniquesmetal
InscriptionsFront: 1786-1936
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2018 by Peter N. Moogk. 
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Peter N. Moogk
NoteA collectible token given out in exchange for a donation to the Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Relief of the German People) annual campaign to raise money for the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt (National Socialist People's Welfare) organization. New items were usually issued each week from October through March to encourage continued donations. The NSV social welfare programs promoted the Nazi concept of Volksgemeinschaft, where citizens would forfeit personal comforts for the greater good of the community of German people. They did not provide aid to Jews or other groups not considered part of the Aryan race.