German Third Reich Social Welfare Red Cross Medal 2nd Class- This is constructed of silvered bronze, with the finish showing moderate wear and discoloration. The obverse features a German national eagle clutching a wreathed mobile swastika in its talons superimposed on a cross; the reverse inscribed “Medaille für Deutsche Volkspflege” (Medal for German Social Welfare). There is a section of the original ribbed rayon ribbon included. Good condition!
History: The social welfare award was a German Civil Award created by Adolf Hitler on 1 May 1939 for services in the social sector. The decoration was issued in three classes and was awarded for a wide variety of service, in the social sector, to the German state. Qualifying service would have been with the National Socialist People's Welfare Org., for medical and rescue work, or care of foreign and ethnic Germans. As a replacement for the German Red Cross Decoration, it was conferred in four classes. The main requirement for the award was that the service rendered should be to the benefit of the civil population. Reinhard Heydrich was awarded the decoration for his running of the Gestapo in the 1930s and for providing "security" to the German people. The infamous Doctor Josef Mengele was also awarded the decoration in 1941, for providing medical services to wounded soldiers and civilians alike on the battlefields of the Eastern Front.