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Ivory bracelet carved with gold painted swastikas and SS lightning bolts 2001.204.4 front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ivory cuff bracelet presented to an SS member, engraved with swastikas and Munich, Germany, 1933. The SS (Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons), commanded by Heinrich Himmler from 1929, considered itself an elite corps of the Nazi Party based on race-nationalist visions of racial purity. In 1936, the SS established the Lebensborn (Fount of Life) program that decreed that every SS man should father four children, in or out of wedlock. Lebensborn homes were created to house and care for the illegimate children and their mothers.

Ivory cuff bracelet presented to an SS member, engraved with swastikas and Munich, Germany, 1933. The SS (Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons), commanded by Heinrich Himmler from 1929, considered itself an elite corps of the Nazi Party based on race-nationalist visions of racial purity. In 1936, the SS established the Lebensborn (Fount of Life) program that decreed that every SS man should father four children, in or out of wedlock. Lebensborn homes were created to house and care for the illegimate children and their mothers.

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  • Title: Ivory bracelet carved with gold painted swastikas and SS lightning bolts 2001.204.4 front
  • Location: Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945., Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945.
  • Provenance: The bracelet was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2001., The bracelet was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2001.
  • Subject Keywords: National socialism. Nazis--Germany--Munich--History--20th century., National socialism. Nazis--Germany--Munich--History--20th century.
  • Type: Jewelry, Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Elephant ivory bracelet with a polished smooth exterior with raised narrow bands around the top and bottom edge. The wide, central band is carved with alternating Nazi insignia: 4 swastikas and 4 SS lightning bolts, painted gold. The interior is slightly rough and has darkened to a golden brown. It is carved with a year and city name. A small, circular hole is pierced through one side., Elephant ivory bracelet with a polished smooth exterior with raised narrow bands around the top and bottom edge. The wide, central band is carved with alternating Nazi insignia: 4 swastikas and 4 SS lightning bolts, painted gold. The interior is slightly rough and has darkened to a golden brown. It is carved with a year and city name. A small, circular hole is pierced through one side.

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