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Bronze Star Medal and pin set presented to Jewish German US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2003.149.6 a-d

Bronze Star Medal and pin set awarded to Rudolph Sichel for heroic, meritorious achievement as a US Army officer in Europe from July 1944 to June 1946. In May 1946, Sichel was unable to return to Frankfurt, Germany, from England due to anti-Jewish restrictions so he went to the US. His parents Ernst and Frieda joined him in 1940. In April 1943, Sichel enlisted in the Army and was sent to Camp Ritchie for military intelligence training. In July 1944, Sichel, Chief Interrogator, Interrogation of Prisoners of War Team 13, landed on Utah Beach in France, attached to the 104th Infantry, the Timberwolf Division. As the unit advanced through France, Belgium, and Germany, Sichel interrogated those captured. On April 11, 1945, the unit liberated Dora-Mittelbau/Nordhausen concentration camp. Sichel took photographs of the camp and other wartime events, which are part of this collection, 2003.149.1. After the war ended in May, 2nd Lt. Sichel was attached to the 9th Army. He interrogated prisoners of war and civilian witnesses and did fact finding missions for war crimes trials. In June 1946, 1st Lt. Sichel returned to the US.

commemoration:  after 1944 June-before 1946 July
Military Insignia
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Howard S. Sichel and Linda Sichel Strohmenger
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