Auction 102

Lot 221:

CASED 1939 REICHSPARTEITAG MEDAL

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Cased 1939 Reichsparteitag silvered table medal. The obverse is embossed ‘Reichsparteitag 1939’ and shows a raised image of the NSDAP party eagle with a woman and child, grapevines, and wheat stalks. The reverse of the medal is embossed ‘N.S. Kampfspiele 1939 Zweiter Platz’ (National Socialist Sport Tournaments 1939 Second Place.’ The medal, 96mm diameter (3.75 inches), 3.5mm thick, comes stored in a blue leatherette case, slightly worn and rubbed edges. The case is marked Carl Poellath, Schrobenhausen, 5.25 x 5.25 inches. The Reichsparteitag (Reich Party Convention), known in English as the Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the Nazi Party in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. They were large Nazi propaganda events. However, the 1939 Reichsparteitag never took place, named the ‘Rally of Peace’, the rally was canceled at the end of August without explanation. On September 1, one day before the planned opening of the events, Germany began its offensive against Poland. Many items such as propaganda material, posters, postcards, plaques, and badges, had already been manufactured in anticipation of the rally.

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