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The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter). First Class in Gold.

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Catalogue number
  • OMD 5492
Display status
IWM North
Production date
1938
Materials
  • cloth
  • leather
  • metal
Dimensions
  • Cross: Height 44 mm
  • general: Width 36 mm
  • Box: Length 110 mm
  • general: Width 50 mm
  • general: Depth 17 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter). First Class in Gold.
  • SIMPLE NAME: decoration, German
Creator
Object Type
medal
Category
decorations and awards

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This award was instituted on 16 December 1938. The idea was to encourage German women of childbearing age to increase the size of their families and thus the population of the Third Reich. The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter) came in three classes. The third class in bronze was awarded to mothers bearing three to five children. The second class in silver to those bearing six to seven children, and the first class in gold for eight or more children . Only families of pure German origin were considered as qualifying for the award. The first awards were made in May 1939 and the last in 1944.

History note

This award was instituted on 16 December 1938. The idea was to encourage German women of childbearing age to increase the size of their families and thus the population of the Third Reich. The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter) came in three classes. The third class in bronze was awarded to mothers bearing three to five children. The second class in silver to those bearing six to seven children, and the first class in gold for eight or more children . Only families of pure German origin were considered as qualifying for the award. The first awards were made in May 1939 and the last in 1944.

Physical description

crossbadge, ribbon and box of issue. A blue cross with white edges in enamel with gold edges to the white and the blue, over the centre of which a circle in gold bearing a legend with a white enamel centre on which a black swastika, all on a gold sunburst. The top of the cross has a suspension lug through which is threaded a blue and white vertically stiped narrow ribbon loop 68cm long overall fixed by a small metal popper. The presentation box has royal blue leather or leatherette cover with a spring catch opening, white padded interior lid and cream velvet or velveteen bed for the medal with a partition to hold the medal in place.

A) cast in central gold circle. b) engraved on reverse c) engraved on reverse. d) stamped in gold onto box lid. e) printed on internal lid.

a) DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER b) 16. Dezember 1938 c) script signature (Adolf Hitler) d) representation of the cross. e) R. Hauschild, Pforzheim

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