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Authentic WWII period Waffen-SS fez hat. Maroon. Rare

Directly from a veteran's estate sale, here is a nice early Maroon SS Fez with all insignia and tassel.  Fez is in very nice excellent condition with only a couple of MINOR surface pin head size nips, great eagle and swastika and skull insignia and nice tassel with original loop tie.  Very nice wide black leather sweatband. This is one of the late war Dachau pieces, which is identified by its circular pattern of stitching on the inside and as such is very highly prized.

The fez was widely worn in the Ottoman Empire and symbolized both Muslim fanaticism and Ottoman power, under which Bosnian Muslims ruled over Orthodox Christian Serbs and Jews. These Christians and Jews were what is known under Muslim religious law as dhimmi people; their inferior status had legal sanction. By setting up a division of Muslim troops wearing the fez, the Nazis were appealing to Islamic fanaticism, and promising a return to the Ottoman spirit. (To show how seriously Himmler and Hitler took their alliance with Islamic fanatics, one of Svijet's captions makes a special point that even the Handzar division's German commanding officer was required to wear the fez.)

Regarding the Handzar division, the "Encyclopedia of the Holocaust" writes:

"These Muslim volunteer units, called Hanjar (sword), were put in Waffen-SS units, fought Yugoslav partisans in Bosnia, and carried out police and security duties in Hungary. They participated in the massacre of civilians in Bosnia and volunteered to join in the hunt for Jews in Croatia..."
-- Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Edition 1990, Volume 2, page 707

Price: 650.00

Product Code: RARF28

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