1st NSDAP Hubertus Shooting Fest Badge
Neuss, Last Weekend of August, 1937
NSDAP Hunting & Shooting Fest: Leather with red dyed field, 45 x 37 mm, glued steel pin, marked eFo Lederplastik, E. O. Friederich Leipzig; light wear.
History: Saint Hubertus was the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers. His feast day is Nov 3rd. The Schützenfest was suspended during the Great Depression in 1931 but was held again in the years afterwards. However the organizers came increasingly into conflict with the ruling National Socialists. In 1937 the Nazi-official in charge of the district demanded that the city's clergy not be permitted to attend the parade from within the city hall, however without avail. Platoon names that featured religious symbolism were forbidden. In 1939 the last Schützenfest was celebrated before the outbreak of World War II. In 1947 the Schützen marched in silence from the city hall to the Quirinus-Minster through the ruins of the city. In 1948 a new royal shooting competition was held. A complete Schützenfest with four days of festivities was restored in 1949.