The letter and the box with 59 badges

  • Collection: The collection of emblems, medals and badges
  • Country: Yugoslavia
  • Type of item: Communication and symbol
  • Material:
    • Enamel
    • Leather
    • Metal
    • Parchment
  • Time : 1946-1952
  • Is it exposed? Yes
  • Inventory number: 1668.IV.1/5

The renovation and reconstruction of the country after the Second World War (1946–1952) is often associated with youth work actions, as well as with the large number of young people who took part in them. Exceptional work results, exceeding the norm, but also savings in raw materials, proper relationship towards national assets and collective, and fostering camaraderie earned individuals, brigades and even entire neighborhoods various awards such as praise, medals, and badges. ‘Shock labor’ was especially appreciated. A shock worker was equated with a hero, and a shock worker badge was a symbol of prestige and pride

The Youth of Yugoslavia sent the collection of 59 badges from youth work actions 1946-1952 as message of gratitude to Josip Broz Tito from the 5th Congress of the National Youth of Yugoslavia held in Belgrade in 1953, symbolically presenting their findings in various work activities such as the construction of youth tracks, the Brotherhood-Unity highway and various factories, and emphasizing in this way their contributions to the construction of the country, but also to the construction of socialism.