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Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

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    Default Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    I have a HJ armband and was wondering if anyone could tell if it is authentic? Most of the ones that I have seen have the separately sewn field and swastika. I have seen a couple like this one, but I wanted a professional opinion.

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    Default Re: Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    there is debate among experts whether these are good or not.

    personally i avoid printed versions.

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    Once a doubter of these, I have recently become a believer that these were issued late war. However, printed armbands are easy to make and fake. In my opinion, the standard cotton bevo bands are readily available and a far better investment. At least you can have 100% confidence that it is period original.
    BOB

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    Default Re: Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    Bob, you are very correct. Late war issue but as you said the cotton version in my opinion are more desirable as more effort went into it's construction. I have both versions favoring the Cotton Bevo type. But getting back to Wrigley's question the one in the photo is original.

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    Default Re: Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    Quote by BOB COLEMAN View Post
    Once a doubter of these, I have recently become a believer that these were issued late war. However, printed armbands are easy to make and fake. In my opinion, the standard cotton bevo bands are readily available and a far better investment. At least you can have 100% confidence that it is period original.
    the exact reason for my avoidance. it's just that the confidence in these, believer or not, is low because of how easily faked they can be.
    so you go with the multi-piece bevo versions which, as you point out, are out there in good numbers and in many cases great condition.

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    i will say i think i can be a believer too. i have seen an authentic period photo of a printed HJ armband in wear. i saw it just today if you can believe that.

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    Default Re: Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    I've never liked the printed armbands, but, yes-they did make them and genuine pieces are actually tougher to find than the sewn ones, as so many people are nervous about them. This one looks straight to me.
    William

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    Hi, i had one of these printed type HJ bands over 20 years ago and at the time it was generally thought that they were reproductions so i binned it!! BIG MISTAKE as we know now that HJ did print their armbands late in the war as you guys have said. Looks like a good one to me too,but as others have said i would stick to multi-peice ones,their much nicer and easier to authenticate.

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    Default Re: Hitler Jugend Armband - Real or Fake?

    Thanks for all the help. I am an intern cataloging the items in our Holocaust exhibit. This one was donated by the family of a private who brought it back from Germany.

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