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Two attractively de-nazified awards
Old 08-24-2019, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Two attractively de-nazified awards

We all know de-nazified awards where the Swastika was usually just ground off. Sometimes, though, creative efforts were made to avoid scarring the decorations. I would like to present to such specimens.

The first is a silver Mutterkreuz [Mothers' Cross].

The center roundel with the Swastika and the text "DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER" was covered up with a domed piece of silver-colored metal; the ribbon eyelet on top was removed and a pinback assembly was affixed to the rear, using two soldered-on pieces of metal cut to match the arms of the cross.

I rather wonder about the story behind the piece. Of course, the Mutterkreuz was banned post-war and remained so under the 1957 laws; thus, it was not authorized for wear in any form. Perhaps this was a strange individual case of some little old lady's disobedience with the law, which may or may not have been tolerated in her community?

On the other hand, perhaps the intention behind this was re-cycling a political award into a piece of (religious) jewelry during the frugal post-war years when luxury items of any kind were scarce. Needless to say, the item is still very much recognizable as a mother's cross, so perhaps this explanation is not 100% satisfactory, either.

In any case, I think this is an interesting little oddity.
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:41 AM   #2
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The other one is a DRL Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze [Reichs Sports Badge in Bronze].

Here, the Swastika was re-worked to look like the bow on the old DRA Sports Badges:
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Most of the time, de-nazified Sports Badges look more like this (although the "scroll" look on the badge for the war-wounded doesn't look that bad, actually):
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