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The SS-Zivilabzeichen (English: SS Civil Badge; abbrev.: SS rune.png-Z.A.) was a badge of the SS issued between the years of 1932 and 1938 to SS members. Original examples have become extremely rare to find on the market place of the 21st century with serial numbers exceeding 130,000, the highest known being 189,060.


The SS civilian badge has been issued since 1932, only to members of the SS and only upon written request. The prerequisite was to have been in the SS for more than six months. There were two versions, a standard version made of non-ferrous metal and a more expensive version made of silver. If there was a loss, only the silver version could be reordered. You could also purchase a needle safety device for an additional charge. The badges were counted in the order in which they were awarded, so every SS member who had applied for and received a civilian badge had an entry with the award number in his military record (Wehrpaß).

The badge with the double-sig rune insignia was a small lapel pin worn on civilian clothing to denote membership in the SS. Adolf Hitler was given honorary SS number "1" and was awarded a Zivilabzeichen by the SS. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler received the SS number "2". They were followed by the members of the "Old Guard", for example Friedrich Freiherr von Reitzenstein (#8), Wilhelm von Grolman (#14), Udo von Woyrsch (#29), Paul Körner (#42) and Christian Weber (#50). Well-known manufacturers were Otto Michael Gahr (1876–1932) in München (rare early badges) and Ferdinand Hoffstätter in Bonn (founded 1818).

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