We offer you the chance to purchase this super rare item! An original ID tag that belonged to a member of the infamous and most enigmatic branch of the SS system, the RuSHA (Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt der SS) or Race and Settlement Main Office of the SS. Only a few of these ID tags are known to exist, most of them in private collections. ID tag is numbered and it has the RuSHA text also engraved. Condition is really good, and it's made from zinc. This one was found in Berlin, during some excavation that were carried out.
Infamous doctors such as Josef Mengele, who was a pseuo-scientist, also called the Angel of Death of Auschwitz, belonged to this organisation!
The misterious and enigmatic organisation called Ahnenerbe was part of the RuSHA, and its duty was to organise strange and occultism-related expeditions to the Tibet to look for the root of the Aryan race, or to Spain to look for the Holy Grial. Otto Rahn was one of the scientists that Himmler sent to look for the Grial. Also pseudo-scientists like Karl Maria Willigut, the designer of the Totenkopf Honor Ring was part of this organisation. All was a kind of mixture between pagan history, occultism and misterious connections with paranormal and mystical stories.
The RuSHA was the organization responsible for "safeguarding the racial 'purity' of the SS" within Nazi Germany.
One of its duties was to oversee the marriages of SS personnel in accordance with the racial policy of Nazi Germany. After Himmler introduced the "marriage order" on December 31, 1931, the RuSHA would only issue a permit to marry once detailed background investigations into the racial fitness of both prospective parents had been completed and proved both of them to be of Aryan descent back to 1800.
The RuSHA was founded in 1931 by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and Richard Walther Darré, who later rose to the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer. It was an SS office. In 1935, it was upgraded to an SS Main Office. Under its first director, Darré, it propagated the Nazi ideology of "Blood and Soil". Darré was dismissed by Himmler in 1938 and was succeeded by SS-Gruppenführer Günther Pancke, SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hofmann in 1940, and SA-Gruppenführer Richard Hildebrandt in 1943.
The RuSHA was created to monitor Himmler's 1931 order that the marital decisions of unmarried SS men should be supervised by the Nazi state. SS men would thereafter have to apply for a marriage permit three months before getting married so that the parents of the fiancée could be investigated to ensure her racial purity. With time, the marriage laws became less strict, but RuSHA's power progressively grew in scope and other organizations came under its umbrella, such as the Ahnenerbe.
In December 1935 Himmler ordered the RuSHA to establish the Lebensborn network of maternity homes, whose purpose was "to accommodate and look after racially and genetically valuable expectant mothers."
Following the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the RuSHA worked in partnership with VOMI in the "germanization" of captured territory, monitoring of settler welfare, and the plantation of ethnic Germans in areas designated for settlement by the SS, particularly in occupied Ukraine. This involved in part, the resetting of Germans in the Nazi occupied Eastern territories and ejecting the native families from those lands.
The RuSHA was also an advisory and executive office for all questions of racial selection. Racial examinations were performed by Rasse und Siedlungs (RUS) leaders or their racial examiners (German: Eignungsprüfer) in connection with:
Cases where sexual intercourse had occurred between Eastern European POWs or workers and Germans
Children born to Eastern European workers
Classification of people of German descent
Selection of enemy nationals, particularly Poles, for slave labour and Germanization
Kidnapping of children suitable for Germanization
The persecution and liquidation of Jews
The RuSHA also employed Josef Mengele for a short time from November 1940 to early 1941, in Department II of its Family Office, where he was responsible for "care of genetic health" and "genetic health tests".