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German stamp seal Reichsnährstand (blut und boden)


Original W.W.II period stamp seal from the Reichsnährstand (statutory corporation of farmers in Nazi Germany) which was led by Walter Darré from 1934 - 1944 and Herbert Backe from 1944 - 1945. Blut und boden (English: Blood and soil) refers to an ideology that focuses on ethnicity based on two factors, descent (Blood) and homeland (Soil). It celebrates the relationship of a people to the land they occupy and cultivate, and it places a high value on the virtues of rural living. The German expression was coined in the late 19th century, in tracts espousing racialism and national romanticism. Richard Walther Darré popularized the phrase at the time of the rise of Nazi Germany; he wrote a book called Neuadel aus Blut und Boden in 1930. Darré was an influential member of the Nazi party and a noted race theorist who assisted the party greatly in gaining support among common Germans outside the cities. The Reichserbhofgesetz, the State Heriditary Farm Law of 1933, implemented this ideology, stating that its aim was to: "preserve the farming community as the blood-source of the German people" (Das Bauerntum als Blutquelle des deutschen Volkes erhalten). It was one of the foundations of the concept of Lebensraum, "living space". It not only called for a "back to the land" approach and re-adoption of rural values, it held that German land was bound, perhaps mystically, to German blood.

This original stamp seal reads: Gartenbau wirtschafts verband Danzig West Preussen, Reichsnährstand, Blut und Boden.

Walter Darré speeches at a demonstration on 13th december 1937


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