WWII German Social Welfare Red Cross 2nd Class Breast Award

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WWII German Social Welfare Red Cross 2nd Class Breast Award-This is a white enamel cross with a black national eagle over the cross. The highlights are gold. This award is vaulted. The enamel is in very good condition with wear, and a few scratches to the enamel. Please be sure to look closely at the photos. The pin on the reverse functions as intended. The reverse does have some slight spotting and discoloration but no scratches or wear. Interesting, and a nice-looking example! These don’t come around very often. 

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 (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) 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.