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Gaudiplom für hervorragende Leistungen, iron cast

Gaudiplom für hervorragende Leistungen, iron cast

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'Gaudiplom für hervorragende Leistungen' ('Gau Certificate for Exceptional Accomplishment’)
Large cast iron plague designating the ‘Gau Certificate for Exceptional Accomplishment’.
Issued to the post office of the city of Winsen at 1 May 1942.

Including:
- copy of the original award certificate of 1 May 1942, with individual dedication and other details;
- copy of letter of  29 April 1944 by Gauleiter Otto Telschow, confirming the reassignment of the award in 1944.

Copy of the original award certificate of 1 May 1942, with individual dedication and other details.





Copy of letter of  29 April 1944 by Gauleiter Otto Telschow, confirming the reassignment of the award in 1944.



Winsen, southern part of the metropolitan area Hamburg, is the capital of the district of Harburg, Lower Saxony. It is situated on the small river Luhe, near its confluence with the Elbe, approx. 25 km southeast of Hamburg, and 20 km northwest of Lüneburg. 


- condition : II               
- size : 54 x 52 cm    
- signed
- type : iron cast, weight 16 kg                                     
- misc. I : with copies of original certificate of 1942 and reassigment letter of 1944 




Gaudiplom für hervorragende Leistungen – Battle of the Businesses
In 1934 the concept of the Leistungskampf der Betriebe (Battle of the Businesses) was developed. From 1 May 1936 onwards, Gaudiplome were awarded by the German Labour Front (DAF) to private and public institutions -industrial companies, banks, breweries, post offices- for outstanding achievement.
Some of the companies awarded this ‘Certificate for Outstanding Performance’ were chosen to be ‘NS-Musterbetrieb’ (National Socialist Model Company), the highest honour. The criteria for winning and the distribution of this ‘Model Enterprise Certificate’ was determined by the DAF as well as the Chambers of Industry, Commerce and Economics. In 1942 the NS-Musterbetrieb reward transitioned to the award of Kriegsmusterbetrieb, and increased productivity became the main criterion.
The Gaudiplom -with the DAF emblem in the middle- was fixed to the wall of the institution earning the award. It was awarded for one year at the time. 




Worker affixing the Gaudiplom to the façade of the Berliner Bürgerbräu, Berlin’s oldest beer brewery (1753). Date unknown.



Gaudiplom awarded to the Leipziger Versicherungs Gemeinschaft am Dittrichring. Published in their company magazin on 1 June 1941.
 


‘Nationalsozialistischer Musterbetrieb‘, zinc plague. Size 48,5 x 38,5 cm.




‘Nationalsozialistischer Musterbetrieb‘, plague depicted in ‘Herz oder Fassade, Frontberichte vom  Leistungskampf saarpfälzischer Betriebe Paperback – 1939‘.