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40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by a Polish Jewish concentration camp survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2012.313.2

40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by Herbert Lichtenstein. This commemorative medal was issued by the State of Israel in 1984 in a numbered edition. It features an image of the Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany erected at Yad Vashem. In January 1939, 22 year old Herbert was arrested in Oberwesel, Germany, and sent to a forced labor camp. In August 1941, he was transferred to Bielefeld forced labor camp. In January 1943, he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and marked with prisoner number 105483. In January 1945, as the Soviet Army approached, Herbert was transported to Buchenwald and given prisoner number 117482. In April 1945, he was transferred to Theresienstadt which was liberated by the Soviet Army on May 9, 1945. Herbert was hospitalized with typhus until July. While in Theresienstadt, Herbert had met and fallen in love with Ursula Cohn, another inmate. Ursula, age 21, had been deported to Terezin in July 1942 from Berlin, Germany. The couple lost touch after liberation, but met again later and married. They emigrated separately to the United States: Ursula in 1946 with her mother Ruth and sister Klara; Herbert in 1947 with his grandfather Karl, his only surviving family member.

commemoration:  1945 May 07
issue: Israel
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eleanor Weinstein
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:26
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