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heirloom [ˈɛəˌluːm], noun

- an object that has been in a family for generations.

I posted this one before, however I felt like it deserved another picture, without any photomanipulation this time.

Waffen-SS regimental ring, circa 1943.
This model, originally designed for the French volunteers of the 33th Waffen Grenadier Division der SS "Charlemagne", it was also used by the two Waffen-SS PzGrenadier Divisions "Langemarck" and "Wallonien.

This ring belonged to my grandfather, Joris D., SS-Untersturmführer, 27-Freiwilliger PzDivision "Langemarck" - Flemish volunteers.
He served from May 1941 to summer 1944.

Military awards:

1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse: 14. February 1943 - Battle of the Tannenberg Line.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Bronze: 21. June 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz: 25. May 1942
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42": 22. June 1942
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So what happened to him? Did he die during the war or live on to tell the tale. ~ C
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
He survived the war and led a long and fruitful life. He was almost 90 y.o. when he died a few years ago.
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's good to hear. Did he recount any of his campaigns. ~ C
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Yes, at least parts of the whole story. He was rather discreet about his war memories.
If you're interested, here's one of the battles he fought: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o…
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Checked out the stats. Even thought the Russians won they had horrendous casualties. In all honestly that was the only reason why the Soviet Union was considered badass. They won through just using their own bodies as meat shields and zerg rush tactics. In the end Stalin never cared about his own troops. It pisses me off to no end that ingrates (mostly from western European countries) claim how the Soviet Union was some noble and gallant defender. Bullshit. It only cared about expanding its own borders and I'm sure the people of countries such as Poland and Hungry weren't to thrilled about the 'glories' of communism. Sorry, I'm digressing here. ~ C
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!Heart 
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Than you! w00t! 
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also than you, XD would be cool if they sold them in stores I'd be the first to buy them, I love the lightning!:happybounce: after skulls and crosses, are very gothic!
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
now that is a "real ss ring",finally!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I'm sure there are thousands of copies in circulation...
I guess the only ways to be sure when it comes to authenticity are either being a very knowledgeable collector or having inherited such a ring from someone who really owned one (family member, acquaintance...)
A third option being that  allied soldiers often confiscated rings/medals....from prisoners - or took them from dead men - in order to "bring something back home".
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are especially from Poland and Belgium, they had or still have originals to copy from, but they are casted, not engraved, it takes seeing a few originals to know the difference. I cant believe that other picture you posted with Galland's personal items in that museum, he must have gave them to them or sold them, he lived to very old age,no one took his stuff thats for sure, very well respected by the Allies, the Russians of course wanted him.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I've no idea how these artifacts ended up in the Malmédy Museum. Too bad they don't explain how they acquired them.
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thats a guess of mine, when you see that personal picture of him in the case,the daggers are definitely real and medals, I believe he spent a lot of time there...i'll check it out.
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Daphne-Hemlock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG! I have read a lot about Charlemagne Division, they were real heroes!
you must be very proud to have that in your family!
Did you get to meet your grandfather?
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
My granddad didn't serve in Charlemagne, but in 27th SS PzDivision Langemarck - Flemish volunteers.
We enjoyed each other's company for about 20 years - sadly he made his way to Valhalla 2 years ago. We were very close and I'm extremely proud of being the granddaughter of such a man.
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Daphne-Hemlock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, I miss read. (i do that a lot)
He must have been very proud to have you as a granddaughter too.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Yes, he was, he wouldn't have given me his ring if he wasn't. And I feel totally humbled by that.
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Daphne-Hemlock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this really is a wonderful Heirloom, and a lovely story! thanks for sharing it :)
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
You're welcome. More? [link]
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arkan777 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Totally awesome!!! I always loved the Waffen-SS. You must be very proud of your Grandfather!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I am!Fortunately he survived the war and led a long and fruitful life.
Hate them or love them, Waffen-SS are a fascinating subject, and no-one can deny their elite units were superb soldiers.
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arkan777 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I 100% agree!!! The Waffen-SS were the most superb soldiers in history. I am very glad your Grandfather survived and then lived well!
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SummaVeritas Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This ring is beautiful, both for its shape and for the meaning it has: I'm sure your grandfather is proud of you.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Yes, he was, and I'm really humbled to think I'm the only one in the family he deemed worthy of inheriting his ring. And I do my utmost to try to deserve that honor every day.
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SummaVeritas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To embrace your ancestor, you challenged and even refused parts of your education and culture: I'm sure he could understand how hard it is, he probably had to do the same when he decided to wear his uniform and he received this ring.

Your honor's name is loyalty :salute:
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Thank you, this goes straight to my heart.
It's not easy to challenge your education and the ones you love. Because I did love my parents, even if they lied to me about my granddad. They wanted to protect me, somehow. I think they were misguided, but I loved them nevertheless.
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SummaVeritas Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad my words touched you, you deserve them.

It is very important loving our parents, even if we don't think the same and I admire you for still loving them after that sad event, I know people that don't talk to their relatives since years for much less serious things.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I didn't want history to repeat itself. My parents rejected my granddad because of his opinions, but I didn't want to repeat that scenario. Of course, our relationship became strained for quite some time, but we somehow found some middle ground.
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SummaVeritas Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nietzsche would be proud of you for preventing the past from repeating itself!

I think some situations keep happening in the same family until someone is strong enough to do what you did, to change, to evolve.

I can only imagine how hard it must have been finding this "common ground" but it makes me happy that you did it.
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FredericDupain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
très belle bague , je ne savais pas que ton grand père avais fais parti de la division Charlemagne
je crois avoir dévoré tout les mabirre sur le sujet qui me passionne
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
En fait non, ce modèle a au départ été dessiné pour la Division Charlemagne, mais l'usage s'en est étendu aux 2 divisions belges, Wallonie (francophone) et Langemarck (flamande). Mon grand-père a servi dans la Langemarck.
Petit secret "honteux" de famille qui aurait dû rester dans un placard, avant que je ne mette le nez dans ce qu'on me cachait et trouve les réponses et la vérité par moi-même...

Si tu veux des analyses historiques objectives, la thèse de Jean-Luc Leleu: Waffen-SS, soldats politiques en guerre, est assez incontournable, même si c'est un gros pavé parfois rébarbatif.
On a souvent reproché à Jean Mabire d'être un peu trop amoureux de son sujet que pour être vraiment objectif.
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FredericDupain Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
effectivement c'est pas faux mais en dehors même du politique l'ambiance et la réalité sont bien retransmise pour Mabire en tout cas .
il y a malheureusement dans notre pays un devoir de mémoire a faire ,pas toujours forcement celui que l'on croit
je m'explique ""c'est surtout pour ceux qui lirons nos échanges xd""
la deuxième guerre mondiale c'est pas star wars ,il y a pas les méchants et les gentils de l'autre coté ""quand je pense qu'il y a encore des couillons pour croire ça ""
il faut se replacer dans le contexte de l’époque ,les informations que des jeunes gens pouvaient avoir a cette époque, ainsi que le contexte politique et historique
des salauds il y en a eu partout et des héros aussi
tous les ss ne furent pas des assassins et tous les résistants ne furent pas des héros
c'est comme ça
et puis l’hypocrisie de ne pas dire que bien des cadres politique ,fonctionnaire ou de l'armée par la suite avaient été du coté de Pétain et avaient continué a travailler dans leur domaines ""dans tout les pays européens et je pense au ps en France xd"" me fais marrer
je ne fais pas de politique mais je sais reconnaitre le courage et la notion de sacrifice quel que soit le camps
un soldat reste un soldat
il faut savoir apprécier et juger ce qui peut ou doit l’être a sa juste valeur
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Paroles de sagesse auxquelles je n'ai pas grand chose à ajouter. Mais la plupart des gens préfèrent raisonner en blanc/noir, gentils/méchants, c'est tellement plus simple que de réfléchir et remettre les choses en question, avoir un esprit indépendant et critique.
Bravo donc pour ton recul et ta clairvoyance...

(Eh oui, il y a effectivement certains dignitaires dy PS (parfois très haut placés ;-) qui n'ont pas eu de problèmes pour échanger la Francisque contre la Rose. Hypocrisie, quand tu nous tiens...
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FredericDupain Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
si il y avait que ca
pseudo maquisard ou ffi ""qui travaillèrent pour la Gestapo avant""qui pillèrent allégrement les gens usant de tortures ou de pressions diverses des le départ des allemands
j'ai recueilli pas mal de témoignages ces dernières années plus édifiants les uns que les autres .
quel que soit le camps cette période permis a certains de se lâcher de façon éhontée
il y avait un dicton ""qui n'est pas applicable a tous mais a pas mal de gens quand même ""
qui disait de 39 a 43 tous Pétainiste et 43 a 45 tous Gaulliste xd
c'est surement vrais
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Eh oui, il y a beaucoup plus de gens qui retournent leur veste en fonction d'où vient le vent que de véritable héros.
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FredericDupain Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
^^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The form looks really great, keep your heirloom safe!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
It has been given to me, and I will keep it safe. It is my link to part of my family history, whether people like it or not.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Save it, there´re so many people that destroyed these artifacts....
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I know that. My mother would have thrown it to the trash if she had a chance.
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SteelDreams90 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I salute you.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Thank you. I'm proud to be the flesh and blood of such a man.
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N-S-D-A-P Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
Heil SS-Untersturmführer Joris!

On another note: [link]
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Heil the victorious dead!
Yes, I know that song, it always makes me think of him. I once named a deviation after that song:[link]
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N-S-D-A-P Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
I love Sleipnir's songs. This one, Unknown Soldier and My Best Comrade are very emotional. :)
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
You should be very proud of your Grandpa. Is this the ring that went to the Wewelsburg with you?
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I'm extremely proud of him. And yes, it is his ring I took to the Wewelsburg.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
It;s a nice thing to carry your heritage with you.
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DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Very classic Art Deco. The German NS were masters at art, uniforms, parades, speeches...all of that!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Yes, many SS rings have a distinctive Art Déco feel to them, and I find it very aesthetically pleasing. It goes well with runes.
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