The stamps of the III.Reich

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    The "Third Reich" also called the "Thousand Year Impire" lastet a little
    longer than twelve years,from January 1933 till May 1945.
    The Nazi-Government abolished the democratic Weimar Republic and
    converted Germany into a fascist dictatorship.Adolf Hitler was the
    undisputed "Führer" who led the country till committing suicide a few days before the war ended in total defeat.
    The Nazi-rule was an exiting periode,with Germany gaining in economic
    and military progress to reach the top position in Europe,if not of the whole world.The regime was rutheless and brutal in total disrespect
    of any human rights.Opponents were incarcerated,totured and murdered.
    However the most brutal side was the persecution of minorities like gypsies and many others,but foremost Jews.During the war the
    systematic eradication of the european Jews was executed,what cost the
    lives of appx. six millions.
    Of course the stamps of the III.Reich show nothing of the bleak side of
    the Nazi-rule.Many were propaganda-issues and/or served the "Führer-
    Kult" of Adolf Hitler.
    But many stamps were of very high quality,probably the periode of the
    best stamps ever issued in Germany.

    In this thread I want to show all stamps of the III.Reich in chronological
    order.However I have not all stamps of that periode,especially the
    expensive ones and so will have to include some pictures from the
    Michel-stamp-catalogue.
     
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    In the general-elections of November 1932 the NSDAP (Nazi-party)
    had lost badly,but still remained the strongest party.After a short intermezzo president Hindenburg had not much choice but to
    ask Adolf Hitler to build a government.So Hitler became Reichskanzler on January 30th,1933.The Nazis called this day the day of the "Machtergreifung" (conquering the power),in order to give it a revolution-like image.Soon the Nazis went to another general-election in early February 1933.Although they intimidated the other parties,foremost Social Democrats and Communists massively,the NSDAP failed to reach an outright majority.But with the help of another rightist Group they gained the majority of seats in the Reichstag.
    The first session of the Reichstag was on April 12th,1933.
    For that occasion the following set was issued,protraying
    King Frederic II.,Frederic the Great,of Prussia.
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    The February-election was the last multiparty election.In November
    1933 another election was held,this time the Nazi-list was the only contender.The dictatorship was fully established.
     
  3. Werner Salentin

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    479A.jpg
    Commemorative postcard for the celebration in rememberance
    of the first session of the Reichstag on April 12th.
    The Garnisonskirche in Potsdam was the burial place of Frederic the
    Great and his father the Soldier-King.In 1943 the coffins were
    removed and brought to a secure place.Later they were brought to
    Marburg and in 1950 were laid to rest in the Hohenzollern-Castle
    in Württemberg.
    In 1991 the government of the united Germany decided to rebury
    Frederic again.This time it was done according to his last will.
    So he was finally buried in Potsdam beside his dogs in a simple grave.
    However he had ordered that the burial should be held at night
    without rites and and guests.Instead of that the burial was
    celebrated as a state-burial.
    The great king loved his dogs.They ate at his table and slept in his
    bed.He claimed,dogs have all good qualities of human beings,but without the faults of character humans have at the same time.
     
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    Commemoratve postcard,issued 1934,in memory of the
    "Machtergreifung".The "stamp" shows President Hindenburg and
    Hitler side by side.The illustration shows marching SA-troops through the Brandenburg-Gate,celebrating the "Machtergreifung",Hitler´s appointment as Reichs-Kanzler.
     
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    issued April - August 1933 (part I of 2)

    The Hindenburg-Medallion design was first issued in Oct.1932.
    For the above series the coloures were altered and seven more
    values were added.The paper of both series is watermarked "Network".Later that year,ongoing till 1936,paper with the watermark "Swastikas" was introduced.
    The Hindenburg-Medallion series were in use till 1941,when the
    Hitler-definitive series was issued.However they remained valid
    till the end of the war.
     
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    A picture taken from Michel of the 4.- RM of the Zeppelin overprints
    from Sept.26th,1933.The set commemorates LZ 127 50th Atlantic
    crossing,this to Chicago.The overprint reads "Chicagofahrt
    Weltausstellung 1933",meaning Chicago-tour Wolrd-Expo 1933.
    I do not have the set,but can show the original stamps,what were issued on Sept.20th,1928 (2.- and 4.- RM) and May 1931 (1.- RM).
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    Welfare series,featuring scenes from operas of Richard Wagner.
    Issued Nov.1st,1933. (part I of 2)
     
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    (part II)
    4,6,8,12 and 20 Pfg. exist perf. 14 X 13 and perf 14.
     
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    Another one I can show as a picture taken from Michel only.
    This s.s. is with 64.000 printed sheets the rarest and most
    expensive one of Germany.Mint n.h. it will cost in the range of
    US-$ 5000.-,used about double that much.Hinged it would be
    around $ 1500.-.Cheaper offers should be considered with great
    suspicion.The size of the s.s. is very large,209 x 148 mm,roughly
    the same size as the US Bicentennial s.s. Many cut to a smaller
    size exist,especially used on letters.These cost less than 20% of
    a full size one.
    Typical for several s.s. of that time is the watermark,what can be
    seen instead of a printed inscription.Here it reads:
    10 Jahre (10 years)
    Deutsche Nothilfe (German Help for (people) in Need)

    1923 -1933

    The stamps only show the watermark swastikas.
    Original stamps from 1923 are watermarked differently (net work).
    At least these I can show:
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    From Dec.4th,1933 (1 Pfg.) onwards till Feb.1936 (80 Pfg.) the Hindenburg-Medallion set was reprinted on paper with the
    swastika-watermark.All stamps from 1933 were reprinted.
    The 1 Pfg. was issued in addition.The 5 Pfg. and the 25 Pfg. (in a slightly changed colour) are reprints from the 1932 set.
     
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    Service stamps,issued Jan.18th,1934.
    Usually service stamps are so called "back of the book" issues.But
    I decided to show them with all other stamps in the order of
    theirs publication.
    The set was re-issued in different colours in 1942.I do not have
    the 1942 version.
     
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    Airs,issued Jan.21st,1934 (part I of 2)
     
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    issued June 30th,1934,commemorating the due to WW I lost
    german colonies.Featured are men,who promoted and helped
    Germany to aquire colonies.Today these are seen very critical in
    Germany.
    This set is mint,hinged.In my opinion mint,hinged is the best
    option to collect stamps of the "Deutsches Reich" from Dec.1923
    till 1945.This because the premium for mint,never hinged usually
    is very to etremely high.For some stamps,many of these from 1943
    and 1944 the premium is less than 400 %.But for the large mayority the premium is close to 1000 % or even more
    up to 1400 % ! For the above set never hinged is listed ten times
    more than hinged.
    For issues what are cheaper in used than in mint,hinged condition,
    collecting used is no problem.Where used is more expensive,one
    should be careful not to buy stamps with forged cancellations,what
    are plentiful !
     
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    Issued Aug.26th,1934 for the planned pebiscite on Jan.13th,1935 in the since 1918 french occupied Saar - (territory).
     
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    6th Reichsparteitag (national congress) of the NSDAP in Nuremberg.
    Issued Sept.1st,1934
     
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    Issued on Sept.4th,1934 this set was in commemoration of president Hindenburg,who had died,86 years old,on Aug.2nd,1934.
    After Hindenburg´s death the presidency reamined vacant till the
    end of WW II.
    Hitler acted as head of state,but did not assume the title.So he
    opened the Olympic Games 1936 f.i. His official title "Führer"
    (leader),implicated that all powers were concentrated in his
    person.
     
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    175th birth-anniversary of Schiller,issued Nov.5th,1934
     
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    Welfare-series,featuring professions,issued Nov.5th,1934.
    (part I of 2)
     
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