A Rare German Christian Church Membership Badge by Willi Merten
A Rare German Christian Church Membership Badge by Willi Merten - Copper gilt and enamels, maker marked "WILLI MERTEN" and marked "GES. GESCH." (Gesetzlich Geschützt) on the reverse, 21 mm, horizontal pinback, light gilt wear, intact enamels, extremely fine. Footnote: Adolf Hitler recognized the basic need of the German people for religion, and that it should be separate from the teachings of the state. Aside from the Catholic, Lutheran, and Protestant Churches, there existed a much smaller church known simply as the Christian Church. Members of the church were authorized to wear the badge. Very small production runs, along with destruction from the war, have made this a rare collectible.