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Old 02-21-2002, 05:47 PM   #1
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Gold Star "Hero Of Socialist Labour".

Was the title Hero of Socialist Labor given to military personal? and if it was, was it given in WWII?
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Old 02-21-2002, 06:08 PM   #2
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Stalin himself was awarded serial number 1, in 1939.:) also, check out the Hero of Socialist labor medal in that picture of Brezhnev I posted. The award requirements were far less stringent after WWII, which led to a loss of prestige for the award ( similar as to what happened with the Order of Lenin ).

The award was given to weapons designers, nuclear scientists, etc..just so long as it furthered the development of socialism. So I guess there wouldn't be a problem with it being awarded to military personnel so long as the requirments of the award was met.


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Old 02-22-2002, 09:47 AM   #3
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Dear Art,
dear Frieza,

till to the end of the war this title was much rarer than the HSU, because there were only about 300 Heros of Socialist Labour till that time. About 20.700 had been conferred, 180 a second time and 16 a third time (with II or III at the medal).

At the end of the fourthies the government made a deal with the collective farmers: For certain quantities of harvest they will get - Red Banner of Labour, Lenin or Hero of Socialist Labour. So this blew up the statistic very, very much. Also Gorbacev and his father got orders for harvesting: Son - Red Banner of Labour and father - Lenin. I think this early and high decoration was very decesive for Gorbacev's further career in Komsomol and party. But Gorbacev never was awarded Hero of Socialist Labour (Gromyko twice).

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Old 02-26-2002, 07:41 PM   #4
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Also, wasn't a bust erected in the recipients hometown after 2nd award of Hero of Socialist Labor, just as with Hero of SU?
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Old 05-16-2002, 12:19 PM   #5
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An Observation About Hero of Labor Variations

I have noticed that there are more variations in the Type 2 than just 1, 2, and 3; there are also "thin" and "thick" variations. As you can see, the difference is quite significant (up to 1 gram in weight). The "thick" medals are earlier issues. I am not sure when they have switched to "thin" medals production, but I have never seen a "thick" medal with serial number in the 10,XXX range.
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Alexei,

I once owned Gold Star for Hero of Socialist Labor #9577, dated 1966. Sounds like these awards fell victim to the economization of the 1960's also :(
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Old 05-17-2002, 10:48 AM   #7
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Hi Folks

I have two in the 3000 range which wt 17 grams and one in early 10,000 range which is 15 grams.

Where's my other 2 grams?

Thanks Nota Bene

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Old 05-17-2002, 01:38 PM   #8
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Chris,

Your 2 grams were stolen by Kruschev. :)

The diference between them should be about 1.5 - 2.0 grams.

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Old 05-28-2002, 01:38 PM   #9
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Hi Collector Friends, After reading a lot of messages in another subject group about Heroes Of Socialist Labour I have to
show these award certs. To a woman in 1948, first the usual
Order book with Order of lenin and HSL and then the little HSL book. Just wonder is there anybody out there who could translate the words in the HSL booklet (if they are readable in my scan ?) I think she got it for some good harvest of some kind in 1947 ? potatoes ? my Russian sucks really...
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Old 09-14-2002, 11:00 AM   #10
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HSL - pinback version

Interesting pinback version of HSL star was observed:
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