Original post WW1 German Queen Louise League (Luisenbund) membership badge, IN VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH FINE FINISH, INTACT WORKING PIN DEVICE, THE BADGE IS NOT OFTEN SEEN, SIZE: cca 37 x 31 mm
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
The "Queen Louise League" or Königin-Luise-Bund, often shortened to Luisenbund, was a German pro-monarchic women's organization. It was established in 1923 during the time of the Weimar Republic and lasted until the first years of the Third Reich. This organization was inspired on the figure of Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Prussia, held in reverence by many Germans of the time. The Bund Königin Luise had also a children branch known as Kinderkreis (Children Circle). The Queen Louise League as an organization had cultic overtones built around the veneration of the former Prussian queen as a role model for all German women. She became idealized for her feminine virtues, her determination and her love for her country, as well as for her beauty and the fact that Napoleon, portrayed as an "enemy of everything German", hated her. The league's ideals were distilled into a booklet named ABC für unsere Arbeit (ABC for our Work) which every member had to know by heart. Like many of the emergent nationalistic movements of the time, this organization was highly structured, with local branches all over Germany. The Queen Louise League was politically very close to far-right German parties of the time, like the German National People's Party (DNVP) and the Stahlhelm paramilitary organization, since its establishment. Many wives of Stahlhelm members belonged to the Queen Louise League and they were, like their husbands, strongly opposed to democracy and in favor of German re-armament.