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Siegmund
Friday, September 24th, 2004, 08:12 PM
The most important cult object of the SS is widely considered to be the Totenkopfring, or death's head ring. I found a very cool book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1885972210/qid=1096050605/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-9073255-2976606?v=glance&s=books) in a San Francisco bookstore on Wednesday that includes the text of the document that was presented to each ring recipient. I thought there might be a few people on Skadi who would find it as inspiring as I do. Here is the English translation:
I bestow upon you the death's head ring of the SS.

It is:

A sign of our loyalty to the Führer, our unwavering obedience to our superiors and our unshakable solidarity and comradery.

The death's head is an admonition to be prepared at any time to risk our own individual lives for the life of the collective whole.

The runes opposite the death's head are holy signs from our past, with which we have been newly reconnected through the philosophy of National Socialism.

The two Sig-runes symbolize the name of our protection-squad [Schutzstaffel].

The Swastika and Hagall-rune are to keep our attention on our unshakable faith in the victory of our philosophy.

The ring is crowned all around with oak-leaves, the leaves of the old German tree.

This ring may not be sold, and is not allowed to be transferred to others.

Upon your withdrawal from the SS or from life, this ring is to be returned to the Reichsführer-SS.

Copies and imitations are punishable by law and you are to protect it from same.

Wear the ring with honor!

Heinrich Himmler
It is sad to me to think that these rings are now for the most part to be found in the possession of memorabilila collectors. Seems like a violation of the spirit of the rings and the men who wore them.

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Monday, November 8th, 2004, 09:26 PM
The ring is awsome. What a honour it must have been to wear it. Thank you for the info Siegmund.

The Blond Beast
Monday, November 8th, 2004, 10:46 PM
This is a very good website, detailing with everything from RZM codes to the awards accrued by the HSSPFs: http://www.ssocr.com/

Wissen ist Macht
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004, 10:32 PM
I share the same feeling. I could not wear such thing knowing I am not worthy of it.

I couldn't agree more.
But there are far too many people in "our movement" (I think that I have to put these words in quotation marks...) who do not even think about this. They see a ring bearing the death's head and "evil" or "cool" runes and put such a ring on their finger most likely not wasting a single thought on the guidelines regarding the bestowal of such a ring. It was a personal award of the Reichsführer SS. We should not forget that...

See attached example award document.

Mazorquero
Sunday, October 15th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Many times we hear about nazis as having eccentric behaviors, specially the groups like the ϟϟ which celebrated "rituals" as a revival of ancient germanic culture. One of the symbols used by the ϟϟ, which meant you were part of the ϟϟ, was a ring with a skull, made of silver I think.

Probably it was given only to high rank officers, since the ϟϟ members were a big number and it would be too difficult to make a ceremony to each one (because the ring was given to the person in a ceremony). The last thing I know, is that if you were taken your ring out, it meant that you did something horrible to the institution or the Reich and thus you are expulsed; an officer, for example, once betrayed Germany (I don't remember the situation exactly) and the ϟϟ discovered him, took out his ring and melted it, as a symbol of disgrace and disrespect towards him.
If someone of you can tell me better the story behind this ring, or if you can show me some pictures of it, I'll thank you.

Pervitinist
Sunday, October 15th, 2006, 11:04 PM
Here are a few pictures (not sure if they are of an original one or a copy):

http://www.axishistory.com/fileadmin/user_upload/r/ring-ss-honor-1.jpghttp://www.axishistory.com/fileadmin/user_upload/r/ring-ss-honor-2.jpg
http://www.axishistory.com/fileadmin/user_upload/r/ring-ss-honor-3.jpghttp://www.axishistory.com/fileadmin/user_upload/r/ring-ss-honor-4.jpg

The symbols on the ring can be seen here:
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/satansgraphix/Group%20Logo.jpg

The design was invented by the Irminist mystic Karl Maria Wiligut (Weisthor).

I found an interesting link here: http://www.honorring.com/ (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hono rring.com%2F)



The potency of imagery in the ϟϟ brotherhood was not lost on its leader, Heinrich Himmler, and was clearly in his mind when early in the life of the organization he instituted the Totenkopfring der ϟϟ (April 1934). The ring prominently featured the runes and mystical symbols of the ϟϟ, symbols that played a significant role in magnifying the veil of obscurity and mystique that covered the organization. The award was both a product of, and a source nourishment to the hint of arrogance that surrounds all military units that consider themselves elite.

The Totenkopfring der ϟϟ ring was not a National decoration and could not be earned per say. It was rather a gift from the Reichsfuehrer to reward those senior officers who showed outstanding achievement, devotion to duty, and loyalty to the Fuhrer. Initially it was reserved for “old guard” officers whose membership number was under 5,000, but eligibility requirements relaxed to the point that by 1939, any officer with 3 years of duty was eligible. Besides the seniority requirement, officers had to have an impeccable dossier in order to be recommended for the ring.

If the ϟϟ discipline code was broken after the presentation of the ring and the officer was demoted, suspended, or expelled from the ϟϟ, they were required to return the ring and the citation. A citation was presented with the ring and read as follows, I award you the ϟϟ Death’s Head Ring. The ring symbolizes our loyalty to the Fuehrer, our steadfast obedience and our brotherhood and comradeship. The Death’s Head reminds us that show be ready at any time to lay down our lives for the good of the Germanic people.

The runes diametrically opposite the Death’s head are symbols from our past of the prosperity which we will restore through National Socialism. The two Sig-Tunes stand for the name of our ϟϟ. The swastika and the Hagall-Rune represent our unshakable faith in the ultimate victory of our philosophy. The ring is wreathed in oak, the traditional German leaf. The Death’s Head Ring cannot be bought of sold, and must never fall into the hands of those not entitled to wear it. When you leave the ϟϟ, or when you die, the ring must be returned to the Reichsfuehrer-ϟϟ.

The unauthorized acquisition of duplicates of the ring is forbidden and punishable by law. Wear the ring with Honor! H. Himmler. As one can see from the citation the ring was doused in symbolism. It was manufactured by the firm of Otto Gahr of Munich and each ring was hand finished by firms under its supervision. In addition to what is explained on the citation, the ring was engraved on the inside of the band with the letters “S.lb (for “seinen Lieben”, or “to dear”) followed by the recipients’ last name, date of presentation, and a facsimile of Himmlers’ signature. It was normally presented at ϟϟ promotion ceremonies, and was worn on the left ring finger.

The Deaths’ Head Ring was a coveted award within the ranks of the ϟϟ, and was taken very seriously. Every presentation was entered in the Officers’ Seniority List (Dienstaltersliste), and a notation was made in the recipient personnel file. In case of the death of a ring holder, his next of kin was entitled to the notation as a keepsake, but the ring was returned to the ϟϟ-Personalhauptamt. The ring was then to be preserved at Himmler’s castle in Wewelsburg, in memory of the holder.

Accordingly, if a holder was killed in combat, the ring was removed from his person and was handed to the unit commander, who would arrange for it to reach the castle via the ϟϟ-Personalhauptamt. The rings of fallen ϟϟ officers made up the Schrein des Inhabers des Totenkopfringes (Shrine to the holders of the Deaths’ Head Ring), and were cared for with the due respect and reverence. On October 17th, 1944, as a result of the hardships of war, the Reichsfuerer-ϟϟ canceled manufacture and presentation of the ring for the duration of the conflict.

Official ϟϟ statistics show that during its 10 year life, approximately 14,500 rings were presented. By January 1st, 1945, 64 percent had been returned to the shrine, 26 percent were in the procession of their holders, and 10 percent had been lost in the battlefield. This means that a little over 3,500 rings were in circulation outside the shrine at the end of the war. In the Spring of 1945, with the Wehrmacht in full retreat, Himmler ordered that the rings cared for in the Shrine be blast sealed into the side of a mountain near Wewelsburg, in order to prevent their capture by the Allies. To this day, they remain undiscovered.



Here is the Honor Ring Citation

I award you the ϟϟ Death's Head Ring. The ring symbolizes our loyalty to the Fuhrer, our steadfast obedience and our brotherhood and comradeship. The Death's Head reminds us that we should be ready at any time to lay down our lives for the good of the Germanic people. The runes diametrically opposite the Death's Head are symbols from our past of the prosperity which we will restore through National Socialism.

The two Sig-Runes stand for the name of our ϟϟ. The swastika and the Hagall-Rune represent our unshakable faith in the ultimate victory of our philosophy. The ring is wreathed in oak, the traditional German leaf. The Death's Head Ring cannot be bought or sold and must never fall into the hands of those not entitled to wear it. When you leave the ϟϟ, or when you die, the ring must be returned to the Reichsfuhrer-ϟϟ. The unauthorized acquisition of duplicates of the ring is forbidden and punishable by Law. Wear the ring with honor!

H. HIMMLER