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SS FM Contributing Member Pin
Förderndes Mitglied der SS (SS-FM; SS Patron Members): A membership pin for individuals who did not join the SS for active duty but instead contributed to it financially. The SS-FM was organised by the SS Wirtschafts-und Verwaltungshauptamt (SS Economic and Administrative Department) in 1926. Members made monthly payments towards the work of the SS at their local SS headquarters. Each member was issued with a lapel pin and a membership/receipt book. From April 1934, members also received a monthly magazine, the FM-Zeitschrift. By 1939, circulation was approximately 365,000, but very few copies of this magazine survive today.
Nickle plated tombac, 20 x 15 mm, marked: E 82759 Ges. Gesch Deschler Mchn. 9; 45 mm knurled pin, a very nice original, light to moderate wear.
The SS FM organisation was founded by Josef Berchtold in 1926 and got official recognition from Hitler in March 1929.
The lowest contribution was fixed at 1RM a year. Each patron was presented with a membership book, a pin, and received the FM magazine.
You didn't have to be a party member to become an FM member.
In 1932 there were 13,000 members; in 1933 170,000; and in 1934, 340,000 members.
During the war no contributions were payed.
Hitler was also member and paid 10RM each month.
Some sources say that the number in the membership book is the same as the one on the pin, this is not yet confirmed.
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