An original German WHW badge from Gau Kurhessen, 1936-1937. This badge has some damage in the form of chipping to the outer rim, which is visible in photos. Maker marked to the reverse "Elektro Bebra" Working pin and catch. The badge is inscribed, "Wir gehören zusammen dann sind wir alles." - a commitment to solidarity. 


The Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (English: Winter Relief of the German People), commonly known by its abbreviated form Winterhilfswerk (WHW), was an annual donation drive by the National Socialist People's Welfare (German: Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt) 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 "Volksgemeinschaft".

WWII German, Gau Kurhessen 1936-1937 WHW Badge

SKU: CBK0056