S.S. Memorial Tapestry
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The original of this tapestry will in all likelihood never be found; it was the memorial tapestry from the city of Dachau (not to be confused with the famous concentration camp). In a quiet section of the 1,200-year-old town was a memorial to the men who had been killed in the early street fighting against the ‘Red Front’ in the 30s and to the Waffen-SS soldiers who had laid down their lives for Führer and Fatherland in the 40s (Second World War). Designed by Professor Obersturmbannführer-SS Carl Diebitsch and created by master tapestry artist of the Third Reich Elsie Seifert. Behind stalwart iron gates was a precious tapestry so revered that it sat behind an alter flanked by swastika flags and typical wall torches. Here, ceremonies were held both Christian and semi-Pagan to honour these brave men. The tapestry bore the legend “Eternal are the dead indeed.” (“Ewig ist der Toten Tatenruhm”). Above this legend is the figure of a German National Eagle whose total visage is completely in its noble bearing. Then, all around the eagle are repetitive skulls and runes. Its borders are decorated with oak leaves and acorns in vibrant colour and also there can be seen four Hagel runes and this symbol was widely used by the for its symbolic representation of unshakable faith in the NS-SS belief. You will also see it on the Himmler Ehrenring (Death’s-head ring) worn by members of the SS and also in SS wedding rings. In the four corners of the tapestry are the Iron Crosses to represent the supreme valour of the departed, honourable, fighting men. Nothing could have been considered more sacred than this tapestry other than the Blutfahne (Blood Flag) as carried in the Munich Putsch.
The workmanship is so good that another tapestry made by the same company ended up being offered for sale 3,500 Euros in a major European auction house whose staff thought it was authentic and from the N.S. “Braun Haus” in Munich Where this original tapestry is today no one knows among collectors and researchers. It is to be hoped it was smuggled away like the Blood Flag and hidden until needed again for “Der Tag”
This re-creation is BIG: 68 x 50 inches. The colours are fast and they are washable. All in all, these are a masterpiece of the weaver’s machine art. Here is your chance to own what can be considered a fitting tribute to true beauty perceived in cloth and dedicated to the hope of no more terrible ‘brother wars.
It was recreated from personal access to the family archives of Frau Elsie Siefert in the mid 1980s by one of our colleagues who made careful copies of the original designs and sketches and only now with new technology is this able to be re-created in all its detail.
Our gallery shows some period photographs of the original in situ and close ups of our faithful recreation.