Yule Plates

by | Jan 30, 2006

The most common gifts within the SS after the Yule candle holder were the Yule plate; five white plates with relief, given away by Reichsführer-SS, Heinrich Himmler, as well as four colored plates, dedicated by the head of the Central Office for Economic Administration Oswald Pohl.
A plate with a diameter of only 100 mm and the inscription “Julfest 1937” should be a sample, which would also explain its rarity.
No Yule plate of the Allach porcelain manufacturer is known for the years 1938 and 1939. The series then began in 1940 with a constant plate diameter of around 250 mm. These products were not freely available for sale and were only allowed to be given to the persons designated by Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler or Oswald Pohl. At Christmas, Himmler gave the Yule plate away to personalities to whom he wanted to express his special favor.
After that there were two categories of Yule plates. On the one hand, plates for each family member were procured, on the other hand, porcelain plates handed over to specially selected people as gifts. In order to have such a porcelain plate for every family member, one had to be in the favor of Heinrich Himmler, who awarded 5 different white plates, or Oswald Pohl, who gave 4 colored plates during the war.

Heinrich Himmler’s Yule plate wore runes, “Germanic” symbols (similar to those of the Yule candle holder), swords, eagles and tapes.

Yule plate 1937  Depiction:
Rune of life with a right-handed sun wheel placed above it, “Christmas 1937”
Yule plate 1940  Depiction:
Germanic sword on a sign “Christmas 1940”
Surrounded by a ring of alternating stars, hearts and sun wheels
Yule plate 1941  Depiction:
Sun gear with pine branch over “Christmas 1941”
All-round decor made of hearts, sun gears and stars
Yule plate 1942  Depiction:
Torch in front of the sun gear “Only by sacrifices will the empire rise to grateness”
Yule plate 1943  Depiction:
Eagle standing on sword and broken oak leaves “Christmas 1943”
All-round text “We will keep on struggling until our cursed enemies comfort themselves to peace” with a sun gear
(words of Frederick the Great from a letter to D`Argens in 1758
Yule plate 1944  Depiction:
Mother Cross of the Iron Crosses and Oak Leaves
Transcription “Through mothers and heroes is our victory”

The Yule plates from Oswald Pohl wore floral decorations and a quote from Hebbel

Yule plate 1941  Depiction:
Snowdrop
Yule plate 1942  Depiction:
Snow- or Christmas rose
Yule plate 1943  Depiction:
Pink Crocus
Yule plate 1944  Depiction:
“And a wonderful blessing flows down from all the stars,
That the tired forces are moving re-freshed again
And the Lord steps out of his darkness as far as he can,
And he tied back on all the threads that were torn.”
From: The Consecration of the Night by Hebbel

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Yule present plate 1940

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Yule present plate 1941

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Yule present plate 1942

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Yule present plate 1944 in original box

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Yule present plate 1944 in original box

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Yule plate 1941

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Yule plate 1942

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Yule plate 1943

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Yule plate 1944