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The Fritz Heckert Medal, Bartels #2804 through 2806
Old 12-09-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default The Fritz Heckert Medal, Bartels #2804 through 2806

The Fritz Heckert Medal, Bartels #2804 through 2806;
named after the Communist and trade unionist Fritz Heckert; it was the highest honor of the Free German Trade Union Confederation (FDGB).
Foundation
It was founded in 1955 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the FDGB and extended in 1972 to the level of gold and in 1977 by the level of bronze.
Awarding
The award ceremony took place on June 15, the founding day of the FDGB, and on October 7, the founding day of the GDR . The award ceremony took place by the presidium of the federal executive board of the FDGB or on its behalf.
The medal was awarded for many years of service in trade union work and outstanding achievements in the development of the socialist trade union movement. It was also awarded on the occasion of a 60th, 65th, 70th, and 75th birthday, or a 50, 60, and 70 year of membership in the trade union movement.
With this medal, trade unionists from the GDR, and also international trade unionists, could be honored. The medal could be conferred only once. The medal was presented with a certificate .
Meritorious collectives in the socialist competition were awarded the Fritz Heckert banner.
In the list below will be found many well know names of leaders in the DDR.
Premiums
The premiums were 5,000 M for the Gold level, 2,500 M for the Silver level and 1,000 M for the Bronze level. (M = Mark)
Well-known award winners
Year of the award Award Winners (Level)
1955 Heinrich Allmeroth, Hermann Budzislawski, Hermann Duncker, Roberta Gropper, Erich Grützner, Wilhelm Ploog, August Reitz, Richard Schallock, Rudolf Schick, Josef Wenig

1956 Otto Buchwitz, Josef Orlopp, Fritz Selbmann

1957 Karl Fugger, Max Seydewitz, Bruno Sommerer

1958 Josef Hahn

1959 Werner Eggerath

1960 Max Fritsch, Hans Marchwitza, Willy Perk, Walter Buchheim, Heinrich Deiters, Bernhard Quandt, Lotte Ulbricht

1961 Lilo Gruber, Karl-Heinz Wirzberger, Willi Bredel

1962 Walter Vesper

1963 Adolf Buchholz, Max Burghardt, Hermann Göck, Walter Ulbricht (Gold), MS "Völkerfreundschaft" und GT/MS "Fritz-Heckert", Bernhard Zessin

1964 Günter Mittag, Erich Apel

1965 Ferdinand Greiner

1966 Hermann Axen, Luise Ermisch

1967 Erwin Kramer

1968 Ernst Goldenbaum

1969
1970 Charlotte Küter, Alfred Kurella

1971 Walter Maschke (Gold), Gerhard Grüneberg

1972 Roman Chwalek (Gold), Karl Oltersdorf (Gold), Paul Peschke (Gold), Mot.-Schützenregiment 24 „John Schehr“,

1973 Horst Sindermann

1974 Rudolf Lindau

1975
1976 Paul Rathke (Gold), Josef Wenig (Gold)

1977 Anita Bach (Silber)

1978 Ernst Schladitz (Gold), Hans Modrow, Kurt Seibt (Gold), Hanna Wolf (Gold)

1979 Fritz Müller, Kurt Thiele (DDR), Waldemar Verner (Gold)

1980 Günther Jahn, Heinz Keßler

1981 Alexei Dmitrijewitsch Bassow, Günter Ehrensperger, Rolf Hößelbarth, Erhard Krack (Silber), Hermann Matern, Herbert Ziegenhahn (Gold)

1982
1983
1984
1985 Horst Rusch (Gold)

1986
1987
1988
1989

The following pictures are of the cased medal from my collection. It is Bartels #2805 a. These medals were issued from 1955 to 1958 in silver (900). These medals had an unusual woven ribbon in the shape of a small bow in a very soft material and much different from the cloth ribbons on other medals. There are a number of different issues of this medal that vary in material that they are made of. Note the high relief of the bust of Fritz Heckert on the obverse.
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:02 PM   #2
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Here is a translation of the different issues of this medal as printed in Bartel's book "DDR - SPEZIALKATALOG 1949-1990". I am not totally on my identification of the different models/issues so I will let you try and work it our for yourself.

Fritz Heckert Medaille

a) Silber (900) Rückseite “Für hervorragende Verdienste in der Gewerkschaftsarbeit”, an Bandschleife, dazu Interimsschleife mit aufgelegtem FDGB-Emblem, diese 10 x 8.5 mm (1955-58)

b) desgl. Bronze versilbert , ab 1966 am bandspange (1959-71)

c) desgl, goldfarben, Rückseite “Fur hervorragende Verdienste...” oder silberfarben “für grosse....” 33.5 mm Bandspange (1972-)

d) desgl. 33.0 mm

e) Material bronze, gold-, silber-oder matt bronzefarben Rückseite nur mit FDGB Emblem, Auflagen der Intermsspange 10.5 x 10. 5 mm

f) desgl. Vermessingt, vernickelt oder gläzend bronziert ( -90)


a) Silver (900) Back "For outstanding service in trade union work", on ribbon bow, in addition to interim loop with FDGB emblem applied, this 10 x 8.5 mm (1955-58)

b) Desgl. Silvered bronze, from 1966 on the band clip (1959-71)

c) desgl, gold, back "For outstanding merits ..." or silvery "For outstanding ...." 33.5 mm band clip (1972-)

d) 33.0 mm

e) Material bronze, gold, silver or matt bronze Back only with FDGB emblem, overlays of 10.5 x 10.5 mm intermesh clasp

f) desgl. Brass, nickel-plated or glossy bronzed (-90)
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Some more pictures.
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:12 PM   #4
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Bio and history of Frederick (Fritz) Heckert
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:14 PM   #5
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Friedrich (Fritz) Carl Heckert (born March 28, 1884 in Chemnitz , † April 7, 1936 in Moscow ) was a German politician, co-founder of the Spartakusbundes and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) and leading official of the Communist International (Comintern). In 1923 Heckert was for a short time Minister of Economic Affairs of Saxony.
Life
Fritz Heckert was the son of a working-class family ; his father was a cutler and his mother was a glove-weaver . Both belonged to the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). After school Fritz Heckert learned the profession of bricklayer and attended the trade school.
In 1902, Heckert joined the German Construction Workers' Association and the SPD, where he joined the left wing. On a journey he met his future wife Wilma Stammberg (1885-1967) in Switzerland in 1911 . Wilma was a Latvian and a member of the Social Democratic Labour Party of Russia and brought Heckert together with Lenin , who influenced him in the ideas of the Bolsheviks.
Returning to Chemnitz in early 1912, Heckert became a full-time union secretary. During the First World War , he was one of the co-founders of the Spartacist group and the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany . In November 1918 he became chairman of the Chemnitz Workers' and Soldiers Council . Heckert belonged to the delegates of the founding party convention of the KPD. The name "Communist Party of Germany" (KPD) was his proposal.
Under the leadership of Heinrich Brandler and Heckert, the Chemnitz KPD organization was one of the strongest in Germany. At the side of his friend Brandler Heckert rose, after the Unification Party with the USPD in December 1920, to the Central Committee of the Communist Party (CC). With a brief break in 1924, he belong to it until his death. At times Heckert was the representative of the KPD at the Red Trade Union International (RGI) in Moscow. From 1922 the deputy Jacob Walchers, the head of the union department of the KPD headquarters in Berlin.
As a member of the Brandler leadership, Heckert became the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Saxon government in 1923 in October for a period of 19 days . During this time and during the subsequent illegality of the KPD 1923/24 Heckert was actively involved in the civil war preparations of the party. This resulted in his imprisonment in October 1924, which ended in July 1925 a Reichstag resolution in recognition of the immunity of Heckerts.
In the Reichstag elections in May 1924 Heckert won a mandate from the KPD, which he retained until 1933. On the XI. He was elected to the Politburo in 1927 and headed the union department of the Central Committee until April 1928, after which the Comintern transferred him to the RGI in Moscow. From here he opposed the dismissal of Ernst Thalmann during the Wittorf affair with Walter Ulbricht and returned to the headquarters of the KPD in Germany. Since the VI. World Congress of the Comintern In 1928 he was a member of the Presidium of the Executive Committee of the Communist International (ECCI).
The XII. In 1929, the party congress of the KPD again elected him to the CC and Politburo. In 1931 Heckert was severely injured in a rally in Gelsenkirchen in battles with the SA .
As a representative of the KPD, he returned to EKKI in Moscow in 1932, where he worked until his death. When Hitler came to power, Heckert's remained in Moscow. was not publicly known and it was searched for. Heckert's name stood on the first expatriation list of the German Reich published on 25 August 1933 .
Heckert died in 1936 of a stroke in Moscow. His urn was buried in the local necropolis on the Kremlin wall .
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Honors

Gallery and Restaurant Heck-ART
In the GDR , numerous facilities, streets and schools carried the name Fritz Heckerts, so the union college "Fritz Heckert" in Bernau , the 31st Kampfgruppenhundertschaft (mot.) Of WEMA Plauen , 1961 put into service tourist ship Fritz Heckert of the FDGB , also the Football club BSG engine Fritz Heckert Karl-Marx-Stadt . On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the death of Fritz Heckert, on April 7, 1951, the VEB Wanderer milling machine Siegmar-Schönau was renamed VEB Fritz-Heckert-Werk . [2] The biggestKarl-Marx-Städter Plattenbausiedlung was named Wohngebiet Fritz Heckert . From 1955 to 1990 awarded the FDGB meritorious employees the Fritz Heckert Medal . The FDGB holiday home Fritz Heckert in Gernrode , the first newly built in the GDR FDGB holiday home, was named, as well as the holiday and training home "Fritz Heckert" of the VEB Combine Civil Engineering Berlin on Wukensee in Biesenthal . Also in Berlin middle there was 1951-1991 Fritz Heckert street. [3]
His birthplace is located since 1974 after a relocation of a few hundred meters on Mill Street in Chemnitz. It is part of the Chemnitz art scene under the name Heck-Art-Haus .
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Hi,

we can find these medals in the Bartel-Katalog Band IV under number 3 (4) - 5.

I think, that the shown award document is a newer one?

The first 4 documents show an early type from 1959, the next 2 documents show a later type from 1979.

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Uwe,

Thanks for adding the pictures of the documents. I didn't have much success in finding any.

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Great thread and educational, thanks.
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Hi there Gordon. Glad to see you are alive and well (LOL). I want to "Echo" Ralph's comments. A very informative, illustrative and informative thread with some very nice examples being displayed.
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Ralph and Mike,

Thanks for the kind word. Just trying to make up for my absence from the forum lately.

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