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Swastika shaped pin commemorating the reintegration of the Saarland with Nazi Germany

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Pin created to commemorate the March 1, 1935, reintegration of the Saar region into Nazi Germany. This German industrial region on the border with France and Luxembourg had been removed from German control and placed under a fifteen year League of Nations mandate by the Treaty of Versailles following the end of World War I. The French controlled the coal mining operations as part of the reparations owed by Germany under the treaty. On January 1, 1935, there was a plebiscite to determine the future of the country and an overwhelming ninety percent of the population voted to reunite with Germany.

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  • Title: Swastika shaped pin commemorating the reintegration of the Saarland with Nazi Germany
  • Location: Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945. Saarland (Germany)--Politics and government--20th century.
  • Provenance: The Saar commemorative pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Nancy Fox.
  • Subject Keywords: National socialism--Germany--Saarland. Plebiscite--Germany--Saarland.
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Small, copper colored metal pin in the shape of a swastika; attached to the center is a silver colored metal cutout in the shape of the Saar region with the word, SAAR, embossed diagonally within the center. The numerical day and month are embossed in the upper right and lower left arms of the swastika. A vertical spring tension pin is soldered on the reverse.

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