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German Eastern Front medal red, blue, and white striped ribbon acquired by German Jewish US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2003.149.78

Red, blue, and white striped ribbon, likely for a German Eastern Front Medal, acquired by Rudolph Sichel, a Jewish refugee from Frankfurt, Germany, who served in the US Army in Europe from July 1944 to June 1946. The Ostmedaille, Eastern Front Medal, was issued from May 26, 1942 - September 4, 1944, to recognize German soldiers for participation in the first winter of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. In May 1936, unable to return to Germany from England, Sichel went to the US. In April 1943, he enlisted in the army and was sent to Camp Ritchie for military intelligence training. In July 1944, Sichel, now Chief Interrogator, Interrogation of Prisoners of War Team 13, landed on Utah Beach in France, where his unit was attached to the 104th Infantry, the Timberwolf Division. As the unit advanced through France, Belgium, and into Germany, Sichel interrogated those captured. On April 11, 1945, the unit liberated Dora-Mittelbau/Nordhausen concentration camp and Rudolph witnessed the horrific conditions. A skilled photographer, he took snapshots of the camp and other events of his military tour. Following Germany’s surrender in May, 2nd Lt. Sichel was attached to the 9th Army. He interrogated prisoners of war and civilian witnesses, and did fact finding for war crimes trials. In June 1946, 1st Lt. Sichel returned to the US. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.

commemoration:  1941 November 15-1942 April 15
received:  after 1944 July-before 1946 June
issue: Germany
Military Insignia
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Howard S. Sichel and Linda Sichel Strohmenger
Record last modified: 2023-08-28 07:51:56
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