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    #16
    Three new, higher classes for the Gold grade were also introduced that year and identified by small pendants [Anhänger] bearing a Roman numeral. "I" was for 1,000 hours of nursing work, "II" for 3,000 hours and "III" for 6,000 hours. Seen below are all grades of the 1986-model clasps:
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      #17
      Now for the Jugend-Rot-Kreuz-Abzeichen [Red Cross Youth Badge] as awarded to members of the Junge Pioniere [Young Pioneers] organisation who took part in the "Junge Sanitäter" [Young Medics] program.
      This was an außerschulische Arbeitsgemeinschaft [extracurricular working group] aimed at familiarizing its members with the Red Cross' history, activities and organisational structure and training them in first aid skills. They also administered basic first aid to fellow students during outings and school events. At 14 years of age, members could then transfer to the DRK proper.

      The badge was awarded in bronze, silver and gold grades.

      Its design features both the Red Cross symbol and the logo of the JP organisation (the latter was initially overlayed on the Red Cross and later shifted to the top of the badge). Up until 1976, the bronze grade bore the motto "ICH KANN HELFEN" ["I CAN HELP"], which was then changed to the words "JUNGER SANITÄTER" ["YOUNG MEDIC"] which had already been displayed on the silver and gold grades. (However, manufacturer errors happened sometimes, and thus pre-1976 bronze badges with "JUNGER SANITÄTER" and silver and gold badges with "ICH KANN HELFEN" are known to exist!)
      Early badges are enamelled; since 1973, the badges were painted and polyester-coated and late badges are painted only.

      Top row: Early badges (enamelled, with "JP" logo on the red cross) in bronze, silver and gold.
      Center row: Later badge (enamelled, with "JP" logo moved to the top) in gold.
      Bottom row: Later badges still (polyester-coated), in bronze with "ICH KANN HELFEN" and "JUNGER SANITÄTER", silver and gold.
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        #18
        A closer look at three different models:
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          #19
          Like its West German counterpart and the Red Cross organizations of many other countries, the GDR's DRK also presented wearable awards for voluntary blood donations.

          The first design of the Blutspender-Ehrennadel [Blood Donors' Honor Pin] was instituted in 1962 and came in three classes: Bronze for 5 donations, Silver for 10 and Gold for 15. Initially, it did not bear the letters "DDR" at the base, which were added at a later date (presumably, in 1966).

          Left ro right: Early Bronze badge (without "DDR") and later Bronze, Silver and Gold badge (with "DDR"):
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            #20
            In 1975, the badge was completely re-designed as a pin with an outline based on the shape of a (blood) drop. The three classes and their criteria were retained, but two new grades were also created:

            To motivate new donors, there was now a basic "Blutstropfen" [Blood Drop] stickpin that could be worn after the first blood donation.

            For 20 donations, the Gold badge was decorated with an additional oak leaf cluster at the base and suspended from a pinback clasp with the DRK's logo. This higher grade was referred to as the Blutspender-Ehrenspange [Blood Donors' Honor Clasp]. However, this grading was short-lived, as a bronze and silver grade clasp were already added in 1979. Under this new system, the Bronze clasp was for 20, Silver for 30 and Gold now for 40 blood donations.

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              #21
              Two variants of the Blutstropfen:
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                #22
                The Ehrennadel. Left to right: Bronze (painted), Silver (enamelled), Silver (painted), Gold (polyester-coated), Gold (painted).
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                  #23
                  A closer look at the Bronze badge in pinback- and stickpin form:
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                    #24
                    The Ehrenspange in Bronze, Silver and Gold:
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                      #25
                      Right, we're almost done.

                      Let me conclude with three common (but attractive) supporter/donation badges. All bear the slogan "DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ / FÜR VOLKSGESUNDHEIT UND FRIEDEN" ["GERMAN RED CROSS / FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND PEACE"]. They depict, respectively, a female and a male adult Red Cross member and a youth helper:
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                        #26
                        HPL2008,

                        A great reference thread. I have not seen the majority of these badges before and I find them very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to post all of this information for us.

                        Regards,

                        Gordon

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                          #27
                          I'll second that. Thank You for taking the time to educate us. Much appreciated. Robert

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                            #28
                            I also agree that this is a great thread to read through and it was educational. Thanks for the thread.
                            Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. Quote - Sophie Scholl - White Rose resistance group

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                              #29
                              In agreement with everyone. An interesting, informative and educational thread. I had no idea there were so many pins/devices produced relevant to the medical field. It will take time to review and study all of them.
                              Michael D. GALLAGHER

                              M60-A2 Tank Commander Cold War proverb: “You can accomplish more with a kind word and a ‘Shillelagh’ than you can with just a kind word.”

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                                #30
                                Thanks for the kind comments, glad you like the thread! I can already add another recently-arrived piece:

                                The seven grades of the blood donors' awards weren't enough to adequately honor long-time donors, and so a new award was created and first presented in 1983: The Landsteiner-Medaille [Landsteiner Medal], named in honor of the Nobel Prize winner Dr. Karl Landsteiner (1868 - 1943), who is recognized as the father of transfusion medicine due to his discovery of the blood types in 1900.
                                The Landsteiner-Medaille came in three grades: Stufe III [Class III, bronze] for 50 donations, Stufe II [Class II, silver] for 60 donations and Stufe I [Class I, gold] for 80 donations.

                                (Also, 1987 saw the first awards of the Hufeland-Medaille [Hufeland Medal] in silver for 90 donations and gold for 100 donations. However, this decoration was a general award for merit in the fields of public health, social welfare and medical science and -education and not directly related to blood donations or the Red Cross as such.)

                                Here is the class III medal:

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                                Last edited by HPL2008; 08-18-2020, 11:13 AM.

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