Medal commemorating the October 1, 1938, annexation of the Sudetenland by Nazi Germany
1938 October 01
- Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Emily Heyser
Commemorative medal awarded to soldiers of the Third Reich who participated in the October 1, 1938, annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia by Germany. It was designed by Richard Klein and features two male figures representing the Sudetenland being freed from its shackles by Nazi Germany. The Sudetenland was a region of Czechoslovakia on the border with Germany where the majority of the population were ethnic Germans. In 1938, Hitler threatened to go to war unless the territory was ceded to Germany. At a conference in Munich on September 29-30, attended by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, but not the democratic government of Czechoslovakia, the borders of Czechoslovakia were revised and the region was annexed to Germany in return for a pledge of peace from Hitler.
Record last modified: 2023-09-20 15:13:09
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Also in Emily Heyser collection
The collection consists of a commemorative medal and a book relating to the history of Germany during the Third Reich, 1933-1945.
Textbook and a separate piece of paper with an outline found during the 1997 renovation of a house in Munich, Germany, that was previosuly owned by a German Seilbahningeniuer [ropeway engineer) who had died recently, age 92.