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WW2 German SS-Germanische Leithefte Waffen SS

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Here for sale is my SS Leithefte I have had for some time. Here is a brief history on this publication:

These attractive 'SS-Germanische Leithefte' (or: SS-lead-booklets) were nicely illustrated periodicals (holding various photos and/or drawn illustrations on the subject matter) that were published in the period from 1934 to 1945: they only saw moderate distribution and are therefore nowadays not that easily encountered. These 'SS-leadership-magazines', as sometimes referred to, were initially only published in the German language in Berlin from 1934 onwards (and in the beginning mostly circulated among professional officers who served within the SS.) The publisher was the 'SS-Hauptamt', being the main office of the 'Reichsführer-SS', Heinrich Himmler. They were printed by a company named: 'M. Müller and Sohn' based in the town of Berlin. When war came, with need for new recruits, the 'SS-Leithefte' were also published at the various 'Germanische Leitstellen' (based in various European (capital-) cities such as: Oslo/Norway, Copenhagen/Denmark, Brussels/Anwerpen and Den Haag/The Netherlands. These specific 'foreign' examples were published in respectively Norwegian-, Danish-, Flemish- and/or: Dutch language. (There was also even an Estonian edition). The normative texts were usually translated from German, but with more room for national diversity as the war went on. The periodical's spiritual leader was called: 'Dr. Franz Riedweg', a Swiss physician who had joined the SS and became the head of Germanic Volunteer Recruiting Office, a division of the Berlin Main SS-Office. The example on offer here is Dutch-language-example (ie. so-called: 'SS-Germanisches Leitheft - 1. Jahrgang - Heft 2 - 1941') that retains all its 44-pages and has its period staples in place (of which one comes a bit loose). The piece comes in an overall nice- (albeit used- ie. read-) condition and just shows some minimal yellowing caused by decades of storage. This particular example also includes a pink insert which is a rare find in these examples!

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