The Arbeitsdank (“Labour Thanks) was set up circa 1933 as a welfare organisation. It was a type of welfare/insurance/support for workers who were injured or became ill as a result of their work. As a member of the RAD one was obliged to contribute financially to the Arbeitsdank. An interesting piece of welfare history from the 3rd. Reich era. This badge was worn on the lapel.
This attractively designed and well made example is in very good condition. The words “Arbeits – Dank” are on the circumference and set into red enamel. The inner oval has a white enamel background which contains the spade, swastika and shieves of wheat emblems of workers.
This is a fine example of the Arbeitsdank badge, with safety pin device to reverse. The badge is marked “Ges. Gesch.” This is an abbreviation for Gesetzlich Geschutzt which means that the badge is legally protcted by a trade mark.