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German Labour Front (NSDAP, Germany)

Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF

Last modified: 2005-09-17 by santiago dotor
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[German Labour Front (NSDAP, Germany)] 6:7
by Jaume Ollé

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The Deutsche Arbeitsfront was founded in 1934 and became the only legal [trade] union in the Third Reich.

Marcus Wendel, 1999

Flag of the German Labour Front

Fahne der Deutsche Arbeitsfront

A red flag with a black Swastika in a white disk in a black spoked wheel at the center. Ratio 6:7. Surrounded by a silver fringe (except at hoist). [Illustrated at top.]

Norman Martin, February 1998

Flag for a Model Factory


[Model Factory (NSDAP, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

National Socialist Factory Organisation

Nationalsozialistische Betriebsorganization / NSBO

[National Socialist Factory Organisation (NSDAP, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

NSBO was a left-wing Nazi [trade] union. It was planning to become the only union after Hitler came to power. In 1934 Hitler crushed the Sturmabteilung (SA) and the left wing of the party lost all power and the NSBO never gained any influence in the Third Reich.

Marcus Wendel, 1999

Color and letters of the rectangle on canton, uncertain.

Norman Martin, February 1998

The Nazis had a trade union, prior to their seizure of power. They opposed the other trade unions, the free (loosely connected with the Social Democrats), the Red (smaller, Communist) and the Hirsch-Dunkler (loosely connected with the Democrats). After they took power all of these were nationalized and merged into the German Labor Front and at first the NSBO became a cell group within the DAF. I do not know when they closed down, but the lists of party organizations during the 1940s seem not to have it listed.

Norman Martin, 21 December 2000

Nationalsocialist National Association of German Victims of Industrial Accidents

Nationalsozialist Reichsverband der deutschen Arbeitsopfer / NSAO

Scott Singleton sent me an inquiry about a possible Third Reich flag he owns with hammer, cogwheel and letters 'NSAO'. Initially I thought it might be a Technische Nothilfe (TeNo) flag but it appears to belong to a different organisation. This is a picture of the flag, he said the flag is about 5-6 feet square.

Santiago Dotor, 19 December 2000

The flag seems homemade. It doesn't have any finials and the circle seems a bit small. I found this webpage that mentions the initials NSAO in a military context, "5610 a NS.- Reichsverband der deutschen Arbeitsopfer (NSAO) Mitgliedsabzeichen".

Marc Pasquin, 19-20 December 2000

This is the membership insignia of a Nazi era organisation whose name means NS (i.e. National Socialist) National Association of German Victims of Industrial Accidents. It was apparently not officially part of the party — at least I have not been able to find it in lists, etc. and it is not mentioned, as far as I can find, in the Party Organization Book for 1943 nor in the 1939 list of organizations whose insignia are protected by law. Oddly the abbreviation is NSAO and not as one would expect either NSRVDA, NSRDA, NSRVDAO or NSRDAO — i.e. Reichsverband is not abbreviated. Apparently, the same insignia was (later?) used by the Gesamtverband deutschen Arbeitsopfer (General Association of German Victims of Industrial Accidents, abbreviated GDAO). The insignia on the unidentified flag roughly corresponds to that on the membership insignia, although the disk with the swastika is much too large and I still suspect it to be hand made. The data above comes from Handbuch der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945, 1985/1986 edition.

Norman Martin, 20 December 2000