Before the Second World War, the SS were the elite organization. Admission into their ranks of new members was accompanied by elaborate ceremonies, the selection was carried out very carefully, if at acquisition Masonic lodges. Even the ceremony of initiation into the SS members were, in fact, borrowed from the Masons. Candidate members of the SS had first of all to present their genealogy, which clearly and would prove his Aryan origins. Longevity: the "pure blood" had to be extremely large - two and a half centuries, from the end of the XVII century. Then he had to go through some training, which is strongly reminiscent of monastic obedience. And only after this "trial period," the young man became a full SS. He was awarded a cutlass and a ring (by the way, these regalia also borrowed from the Masons).