Auction 102

Lot 223:

GERMAN 25-YEAR SERVICE AWARD & FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL

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Start price: $360

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Rare Third Reich presentation award document for 25 years of loyal service presented to a Paul Kliniewski from the German Reichs Printing Office from the director of the Reichsdruckerei Berlin, 13. May 1937. The document is printed on heavy handmade paper with string and is housed in a large dark blue leather portfolio, 4 pages, 9.5 x 13.75 inches. The fist pages shows a beautiful engraving of the exterior of the Reichsdruckerei building in Berlin. Page two shows a red-and-gold printed eagle with a shield reading ‘To celebrate 25-years of service’ on the following page is the congratulatory text, also printed in red and gold, reading ‘Herrn Paul Kliniewski Today you are completing 25 years of service in an exemplary manner. I would like to offer you my congratulations on this special day, thank you for the loyal service you have rendered to the Reichsdruckerei, and hope that you will experience many years of good health and achievements. Berlin, 13.May 1937 The director of the Bundesdruckerei.’ During the Third Reich, aside from all other important documents, the office also printed Jewish passports and concentration camp currency. The Reichs Printing Office was renamed after the war to Bundesdruckerei. The award is accompanied by a cased 25-year Treudienst-Ehrenzeichen or faithful service medal with a blue ribbon, for which Kliniewski would have been eligible to apply for in 1938, the year of its establishment by Adolf Hitler.

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