(Ehrenzeichen für Deutsche Volkspflege)

Date Instituted

1 May 1939


Awarded to deserving people in the field of social welfare.

Number awarded

1st Class with Diamons was awarded only once.


1st Class with Diamons - Madame Antonescu (wife of the Romanian leader)

Award Document

Leutnant zur See Otto Böst (2nd Class)

Estimated price (2009)

1st Class - € 1.200
2nd Class - € 850
3rd Class - € 350
Medal - € 60

SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger wearing the German Social Welfare Decoration 2nd Class
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)


Awarded in these grades:
1. Special Class (Sonderstufe)
2. 1st Class with Diamons (1. Stufe mit Brillanten)
3. 1st Class (1. Stufe)

4. 2nd Class (2. Stufe)
5. 3rd Class (3. Stufe)

6. Medal (Medaille)

Replaced the German Red Cross Decorations

Photo courtesy of Rusfront & The Ruptured Duck

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Political & Civil awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich
Detlev Niemann - Price Guide Germany 1871-1945 (2009)