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Reichzeugmeisterei ( RZM ) Organizational Function

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    It has been a misconception by many new collectors and their first look into the RZM ,that have misled those into thinking that the RZM was a dagger producer due to the RZM logo present with the producers contract number. For the new collector at first glance the thought is to be a producer logo. Thomas Wittmann `s Description from his Reference ..( Exploring The Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS ) sheds light on the RZM question.

    The Reichzeugmeisterei der NSDAP ( National Materials Ministry of the National Socialist German Workers Party ) or RZM was organized as a licensing agency which authorized private firms to either produce or sell insignia, clothing and equipment of the NSDAP or its member organizations. Without the official license to produce or sell these “controlled “ goods, an offender risked a large fine and a prison sentence. In fact, the German courts published the names and sentences of those convicted of these crimes, effectively curtailing transgressors. The agency was under the control of the NSDAP treasurer , Reichsleiter Franz Xavier Schwartz and constituted Hauptamt VIII of the NSDAP Party Treasury .
    It should be stressed however, that the agency was purely political, and (DID NOT PRODUCE ANYTHING ). New designs were submitted to, and approved by the party branches involved. These prototypes, together with manufacturing specifications, were then turned over to the RZM , where they utilized the designs to exercise production and standardization controls. In turn there was no competitive pricing permitted, as the pricing for completed items was to be consistently uniform. -Thomas Wittmann-

    More of the RZM description can be found on the following pages of Tom Wittmanns SS book… pgs 159-161
    Organizations that were subject to the RZM were of political status,,…SA- SS –NSKK and the HJ, ( for reasons unknown the NPEA was not affected )
    The letter "M" seen before a number is a metal license prefix. Listed below are 12 prefixes of materials controlled by the RZM.
    M/3-Symbols and emblems
    M/4-Belts & buckles
    M/5-Uniform accessories
    M/6-Aluminum products
    M/7h- Dagger sub-contractors ( not seen )
    M/8-Metal accessories
    M/10-Musical instruments
    M/11-NSDAP Long service medals
    M/12-NSDAP "Miniature" Long service medals

    Included below are the other prefixes also pertaining to the RZM control.

    RZM - A Ausrustung / Outfitting
    RZM -B Baumwolle / Cotton and fabrics
    RZM - D Dienstkleidung / Service clothing
    RZM - E Einzelhandel / Retail trade
    RZM - G Grosshandel / Wholesale
    RZM - H Handelsvertreter / Trade representatives
    RZM - K Kleidereinzelhandel / Retail clothing
    RZM - L Leder / Leather
    RZM - M Metall / Metal
    RZM - V Verkaufstellen / Retail outlets...also worked in conjunction with RZM E
    RZM - W Wolle / Wool

    General terms and conditions
    of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party – Reichszeugmeisterei
    for the manufacture and sale of official Party items, by Friedrich Berthold

    1. Manufacture and sale of official Party items has to be undertaken according to the regulations of the Reichszeugmeisterei der NSDAP.

    2. Requirements for materials are to be covered from Aryan firms exclusively; in so far as the raw materials are available inside the German Reich, only those may be processed.

    3. Official party uniforms, parts of uniforms, fabrics, flags and insignia of the NSDAP, its branches and associate organizations must be manufactured within the own company, unless special regulations exist for individual cases.
    Sample items of the Reichszeugmeisterei, templates and other manufacturing regulations are exclusively intended for own use; they are non-transferrable.

    4. The proofmark of the Reichszeugmeisterei [illustration] (RZM) is exclusively reserved to the Reichszeugmeisterei of the NSDAP and may be used only with its permission.
    All finished products must bear the proofmark of the Reichszeugmeisterei. Plättezettel* as well as identification- and stock tags can only be purchased from the Reichszeugmeisterei.

    5. For the issuing of a license of the Reichszeugmeisterei or, respectively, its annual renewal, fees according to § 2 of the Third Bylaw for the execution of the Law against malicious Attacks against State and Party of 16 March 1935 (National Law Gazette 1 pg. 387) are charged.
    Manufacturers and wholesale dealers must provide the Reichszeugmeisterei with a carbon copy of the invoice for every delivery of official party items. Invoice and carbon copy must bear the authorization number of the manufacturer and the reseller. The monthly carbon copies are to be submitted to the Reichszeugmeisterei on the 15th of every month for the preceding month at the latest.
    Using the forms provided to them, the resellers are to submit a summary report over receipt and turnover of official party items until the 15th of every month at the latest.
    Master craftsmen have to submit only the carbon copies for deliveries to resellers. Deliveries to agencies may only be undertaken with permission of the Reichszeugmeisterei. Official party items have to be identified on order forms, invoices etc. with the designation laid down by the Reichszeugmeisterei.

    6. The labor-law related regulations are applicable for the payment of all employees; for the new hiring and promotion of employees, preference is to be given to members of the NSDAP and its branches in case of otherwise equal performance.
    Holders of a license of the Reichszeugmeisterei may not employ non-Aryans, whether it is for manufacturing or sale. This regulation is also applicable to representatives and travelling salesmen.

    7. The holder of a license is required to allow the auditors of the Reichszeugmeisterei access to his accounting books and business documents without prior notice.
    In case of objections to official party items, the judgment of the Reichszeugmeisterei alone is decisive.
    In case of an infraction against the regulations of the NSDAP (Reichszeugmeisterei), the costs for an auditing are to be paid by the license holder; the amount of these costs is fixed by the Reichszeugmeisterei.

    8. All license holders are required to subscribe to the Bulletin of the Reichszeugmeisterei. Orders are to be exclusively made over the applicable Postal Authority. The ongoing dispositions in the Bulletin of the Reichszeugmeisterei are binding for every license holder.

    9. The NSDAP (Reichszeugmeisterei) assumes no liability for legal transactions undertaken on the basis of the license.

    10. No charge up against claims due to the NSDAP may be undertaken; the transfer of claims against the NSDAP is prohibited.

    11. Corporations (incorporated companies, joint stock companies, limited liability companies) and mutual companies have to submit a report on all regular and special full assemblies to the Reichszeugmeisterei insofar it is relevant to changes in personnel or capital.

    12. It is absolutely prohibited to utilize company names that give the impression of a Party agency; misuse of the term “Reichszeugmeisterei” is forbidden.

    13. There is no legal entitlement to the issuance of a license; the license is only given to a specific company for the term of 12 months and subject to revocation at all times. Application for renewal of the license is to be made three months prior to the end of the term; in doing so, the overall turnover of official party items since the granting or renewal of the license is to be reported. The granting and renewal of a license is dependent on a confirmation of the fiscal authorities that the applicant has met his tax obligations.
    The license expires:
    1. upon the end of the term for which it was issued,
    2. upon sale or abandonment of the company for which it was issued,
    3. upon the death of the licensee,
    4. upon the opening of bankruptcy proceedings over the licensee’s assets
    5. upon waiving the license.

    In case of an authorized liquidation sale period, the regulations of the NSDAP (Reichszeugmeisterei) are applicable up to the end of that period.

    14. The NSDAP (Reichszeugmeisterei) reserves the right for alterations and additions to these conditions; upon issuance of a license, the Reichszeugmeisterei’s special terms are to be accepted.

    Below is the Reichzeugmeisterei building today located in Munich

    At first, before the RZM office building proper was finished, the RZM office was located in Schwanthaler Straße and later in offices of the former SA-Wirtschaftsstelle in Tegernseer Landstraße. The RZM building itself was built on the estate of the former Wagen- und Maschinenfabrik Gebr. Beißbarth OHG, which was acquired by the NSDAP from the Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank in 1934. Local architects Paul Hofer and Karl Johann Fischer were commissioned by the NSDAP Reichsleitung with the design of the RZM main building in the "new district" of Munich. Main construction management was overseen by Josef Heldmann. The huge construction was one of the first in Germany to be built using steel frame technology.[3] Construction started in 1935 and the building was almost finished by 1937. It was surrounded by accommodation blocks for the RZM workers.
    After World War II, the American forces occupied the complex, and the Reichsadler and the swastika were removed from the main building's façade. The main building became block no. 7 of the US-McGraw Kaserne. Since the withdrawal of American troops from Munich in the 1990s, the main building has been used by a satellite department of the Police Headquarters of Munich.
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