WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN “WINTER WORK” TINNIE

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Item Code: 160-50

Embroidered cloth displaying the coat of arms for the city of Schleswig-Holstein mounted in a green stamped metal frame decorated with dots and “WHW” along the top edge.

The original pin is present on the reverse.

The tin was worn by those involved in Winterhilfswerk (WHW) or Winter Help Work which 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. Furthermore, it had the propagandistic role of publicly staging the solidarity of the national community.    [ad][ph:L]

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