German WWII HJ Membership Diamond-The enamel on this HJ pin is in good condition, but there is a blemish, showing slight darkening, on one side of the red enamel. Please check the photos carefully. It is very nicely maker marked M1/137 on the reverse for the maker Richard Simm & Sohn of Gablonz am N. The pin and catch function as intended. Very good.
History: Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The HJ (Adolf Hitler Jugend-Hitler Youth) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of NSDAP ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (AH Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization.
The first HJ membership badge was a round cap badge introduced in 1929. In 1933 a second pattern HJ membership badge was introduced and utilized throughout the Third Reich era. The second pattern membership badge was utilized in a metal and enamel form on the headgear and brown shirt uniform and in a cloth form on sports shirts etc. After the introduction of the second pattern badge in 1933 the first pattern badge was still worn as a "traditions" badge until the introduction of the Golden HJ Honor Badge in June 1934.