German 1936-1937 Winter Help Relief Tinnie-This pin is part of the WHW, or the Winter Relief (Fund) of the German People. A horseshoe shaped tinnie with a clover in the center, WHW on the top, and the bottom has the dates 1936-1937. Horizontal pin on the reverse.
History: The Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (English: Winter Relief of the German People), commonly known by its abbreviated form Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual donation drive by the National Socialist People's Welfare to help finance charitable work. Initially an emergency measure to support people during the Great Depression, it went on to become a major source of funding for the activities of the NSV and a major component of Germany's welfare state. Donations to the WHW, which were voluntary in name but de facto required of German citizens, supplanted tax-funded welfare institutions and freed up money for rearmament.