WWII GERMAN HITLER YOUTH CROSS BANNER -
This is a banner that was made in a Hitler Youth camp. It is of two piece construction where two banners have
been sewn together. These are hand made banners. Not mass produced. The story is that the GI who brought
them back found them on a Hitler Youth camp. They were inside a building hanging from the hand rail of a
set of stairs. Every banner hanging there was unique and celebrated a different aspect of the German culture.
Albert Leo Schlageter, 12 August 1894 — 26 May 1923, was a member of the German Freikorps. His activities
sabotaging French occupying troops after World War I led to his arrest and eventual execution by French forces.
His death created an image of martyrdom around him, which was cultivated by German nationalist groups, in particular
the Nazi Party. During the Third Reich he was widely commemorated as a national hero.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII Hitler Youth items. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII Hitler Youth collectible worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
badges in the collector's market is illustrated.
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Two piece construction where the front shows a white mound with a black cross on top. The name SCHLAGETER is
written in yellow thread. The back of the banner has a white runne over black background.
This belt buckle is currently being
reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to
be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving.
The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the
manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine
the authenticity of the badge.
If you have an interest is seeing other Hitler Youth items, you can do so by going
to our WWII Hitler Youth Collectibles