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Africa Star Medal and ribbon awarded to an Austrian Jewish woman for service in the British Auxiliary Territorial Division

Object | Accession Number: 2009.294.3 a-b

Africa Star Medal and ribbon awarded to Lilly Feldmann by the British government for military service in North Africa, Abyssinia, Somaliland, Eritrea, Sudan, and Malta between June 10, 1940 and May 12, 1943. In late 1938, 18 year-old Lilly felt forced to leave Vienna, Austria, because of anti-semitism and Nazi fervor. In her diary, she wrote: “It is a curse that I shall miss this home in spite of the fact that it hates and rejects me…I shall cry for you, you stupid, pitiful country.” She escaped to England where she joined the British Army and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service Division.

Date
1940-1943  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Great Britain
Language
English
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dorit B. Whiteman, Ph.D.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:27
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