WHW - Winterhilfswerk

German auxiliary organizations 1919-1945.
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WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:12 pm

The Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual drive by the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt (the National Socialist People’s Welfare Organization) to help finance charitable work. Its slogan was "None shall starve nor freeze". It ran from 1933-1945 and was designed to provide food and fuel to Germans. The Hitlerjugend and Bund Deutscher Mädel (boys' and girls' associations, respectively) were extremely active in collecting for this charity. Donors were often given small souvenir gratitude gifts of negligible value, somewhat similar to the way modern charities mail out address labels and holiday cards. A typical such gift was a very small propaganda booklet, reminiscent of Victorian-era miniature books; about 0.8" wide x 1.5" tall.

More generous donors would receive concomitantly better gifts, such as lapel pins on a wide variety of themes. Some depicting occupational types or geographic areas of the Reich, others animals, birds and insects, nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters, or notable persons from German history (including of course Adolf Hitler himself). They were made from a variety of materials. Each individual miniature book, badge, badge set or toy set was only available for two or three days of a particular collection drive. So the populace would be encouraged to donate the following week and thereby collect the latest in the series. There could also be very annoying consequences; nagging by the appropriate official if your local Blockleiter saw that you were not wearing the current, appropriate pin by about Tuesday of the week.

When he visited Germany in 1939 as a reporter for the North American Newspaper Alliance Dr. Lothrop Stoddard wrote:

"...Once a fortnight, every city, town, and village in the Reich seethes with brown-shirted Storm Troopers carrying red-painted canisters. These are the Winter-Help collection-boxes. The Brown-Shirts go everywhere. You cannot sit in a restaurant or beer-hall but what, sooner or later, a pair of them will work through the place, rattling their canisters ostentatiously in the faces of customers. And I never saw a German formally refuse to drop in his mite, even though the contribution might have been less than the equivalent of one American cent.

"During these periodic money-raising campaigns, all sorts of dodges are employed. On busy street-corners comedians, singers, musicians, sailors, gather a crowd by some amusing skit, at the close of which the Brown-Shirts collect. People buy tiny badges to show they have contributed—badges good only for that particular campaign. One time they may be an artificial flower; next time a miniature dagger, and so forth. The Winter-Help campaign series reaches its climax shortly before Christmas in the so-called Day of National Solidarity. On that notable occasion the Big Guns of the Nazi Party sally forth with their collection-boxes to do their bit."
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:17 pm

There were over 30,000 WHW items and other tinnies produced during the Third Reich. These are WHW Tag der Wehrmacht (Day of the Armed Forces) badges, they were a collection of the different standards of different arms of the Wehrmacht, and here are some of mine. First up is the WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Aufklärungsabt.
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:19 pm

Next up is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Fahr- u.KraftfahrE.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:20 pm

Next up is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Flak-Art.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:21 pm

Next is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Fliegertruppe.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:23 pm

Here is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Jäger.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:24 pm

Here is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Kavallerie.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:25 pm

Next is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Pioniere.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:26 pm

And here is my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Pioniere mot.
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Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:27 pm

And my WHW Tag der Wehrmacht, Schützen.
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:32 pm

Here is my WHW Spendendose Südhann.Braunschweig, this was one of the collection tins that they shook under your nose if the SA men noticed you weren't wearing the latest item or items for sale It is for the region of South Hannover and Brunswick. Give for the Fatherland comrades! :D
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Sat May 01, 2010 12:34 am

During the winter of '42/'43, the WHW released a series of 20 tiny books, called WHW Heftchen Ritterkreuzträger - this one is #7 for Engelbert Endraß.
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Sat May 01, 2010 10:12 pm

Here is my 1934 Aufwärts Aus Eigener Kraft (upwards from own strength) badge, very nice eagle.
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by John W. Howard » Sun May 02, 2010 11:09 pm

Great posts and pics, Troy. Nice collection. :wink: Best wishes.
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Re: WHW - Winterhilfswerk

Post by Troy Tempest » Mon May 03, 2010 4:17 am

Thanks John! The range of WHW items was stupendous. Here is one of a series of 20 from the 1937 Trachten aus Deutsches Gauen (Dress of the German Gaus). This figure is Mann aus der Schwalm.Made of porcelain and hand painted.
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