German WWII Miniature Mother’s Cross in Bronze

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German WWII Miniature Mother’s Cross in Bronze-This is a miniature lapel version. The bronze award was given to eligible mothers with four or five children. This is an excellent example with just the slightest hint of wear and discoloration. There is a section of original ribbon included. The ribbon does have some age toning to the white. The horizontal pin functions perfectly. Dedication on reverse. Very good condition.  

History: The Mother’s Cross was introduced by Adolf Hitler on December 16, 1938, as part of a large propaganda campaign aimed at increasing the birth rate. The award was officially designated, “Honor Cross of the German Mother”, and was instituted in three grades to recognize and reward childbearing German females.

The three grades consisted of the bronze cross for bearing four or five children, the silver cross for bearing six or seven children and the gold cross for bearing eight or more children.

Criteria for the award included that the parents be of pure German blood, and that the mother was worthy of such an honor. On its introduction the cross had the impressed inscription to reverse, "Das kind adelt die Mutter", (The child ennobles the mother), but this was inexplicably changed sometime in 1939. Bestowal of the cross was accompanied by an award certificate, a cash incentive for each child born and a miniature cross for everyday wear, with the actual cross being reserved for formal or ceremonial occasions. Also, interesting, members of all youth organizations were required to salute wearers of the Mother’s Cross.