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US Army patch that belonged to a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2009.365.3

Military patch that may have belonged to Hans Wachtel, who served in the United States Army from 1942-1945. It resembles a standard army rank patch for a Master Sergeant that has been trimmed. Hans and his family had left Nazi Germany in 1937 after the shoe factory owned by his father, Max, in Erfurt, Germany, was confiscated because he was Jewish. Max was able to get immigration visas for the US and on May 14, 1938, 16 year old Hans, his parents, and his sister sailed from Hamburg on the President Roosevelt. Hans volunteered for the U.S. Army on May 14, 1941. He was trained to interrogate German POWs and to go undercover behind enemy lines. On June 18, 1944, Hans landed in Normandy as part of the 6th Armored Division. On April 11, 1945, the 6th Armored Division liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. Hans was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in May and was honorably discharged later that year.

Date
approximately 1943  (issue)
1938 May 14  (emigration)
Geography
issue : United States
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Andrea K. Wolf and Thomas M. Wolf
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:32
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