Very rare Arbeits Dank armband, this is the first time in nearly 40 years that we have been able to offer one of these.
The Arbeits dank (roughly “Labor Thanks”) was set up by the RAD’s forerunner, the FAD/NSAD, in November 1933 as a welfare body acting as a form of health insurance for all Labor Service members who had sustained injuries or illness related to their work.
It also assisted poorer Labor Service members with acquiring further education or job skills in order to gain employment after leaving the service.
All members of the FAD/NSAD and the later RAD were required to belong and financially contribute to this organization.
The Reich Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD) was a major organisation established in Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on the German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.