GERMANY – HINDENBURG CROSS – NEXT-OF-KIN
When the Hindenburg Cross was created in 1934 after the death of President and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, they decided to create three classes. First was for Combatants, which was a bronze-toned cross with swords. The next class was for Non Combatants. It looked similar to the Combatants Cross, except without swords. The final class was for the families of those soldiers who fell for the Fatherland. While officially it was known as the Cross for Next-of-Kin, it was unofficially called the “Widow’s Cross.” This came in part because it had a black finish with swords. This example is in excellent condition. It has its jump ring, but no ribbon.