Hitler Youth proficiency badge
Replica silver colored metal pin formed from a tyr rune with a circular badge on the shaft. The circle has an outside ring of text, with a swastika on the inside. On the back is a spring tension pin with a maker's mark on the ring and marking on the point of the arrow.
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Hitler Youth proficiency badge that would have been awarded for the successful completion of a series of tests measuring physical and ideological proficiency, rated according to the Leistungsbuch. The tyr-rune represents the warrior god Tyr. The Hitler Youth was founded by the Nazi Party in 1926 to shape the beliefs and actions of German youth to conform to national socialist ideology. After Hitler's selection as Chancellor in 1933, this became the national ideology, and loyalty to the Nazi Party and its leaders was a central teaching. The Hitler Youth was a pathway for service in the armed forces or, later, in the SS. In 1936, membership in Nazi youth groups became mandatory for all boys and girls between the ages of ten and seventeen.