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WW I 61st Artillery gold shoulder board with cannons owned by German Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2011.259.15

Single German 61st Artillery gold shoulder strap with crossed cannons and numeral 61 owned by Carl Werner Lenneberg, a soldier in the 8th (Rhenish) Foot Artillery Battalion, XVI Army Corps, German Army, during the First World War. In January 1933, Hitler and the Nazi regime took power. Anti-Jewish policies put increasingly harsh restrictions on Jewish life. Werner and his brother Georg were arrested during Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, and sent to Dachau concentration camp. After release, they left Germany on the ill-fated voyage of the MS St. Louis to Havana, Cuba, May 13-June 17, 1939. Upon the ship's forced return to Europe, Carl and George were in the group given asylum in Belgium. In April 1940, they sailed from Antwerp to New York.

issue:  approximately 1914-approximately 1918
Military Insignia
Object Type
Shoulder boards (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ron Lenneberg
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:14:02
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