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Red, white and blue ribbon bar for distinguished service awarded to a Jewish medical officer, 2nd Polish Corps

Object | Accession Number: 2002.477.6

Striped service distinction ribbon bar worn by Dr. Salomon Slowes who served as a medical officer in the Polish Army and 2nd Polish Corps, British Army, from 1939-1945. Slowes was called up shortly before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Three weeks later, the Soviet Union invaded. Slowes was captured by the Soviets and interned in Kozel'sk, Pavlishchev Bor, and Gryazovets prisoner of war labor camps. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Slowes was released as part of an amnesty granted to Polish prisoners to aid the Soviet war effort. He joined the Polish Army of the East, known as Anders Army, a volunteer military unit. Slowes, who was an oral and facial surgeon, set up clinics in every place the Army made camp. In August 1942, the unit left Soviet territory and became the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army. In February 1944, his unit deployed from North Africa to join the British 8th Army in the Italian Campaign. The Corps fought its way north and was honored for heroism in the May 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino. The Corps was in Italy on May 7, 1945, when the war ended. Slowes was awarded several medals by the British and Polish governments for his service. He settled in Palestine after the war.

Date
1939-1945  (commemoration)
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, Polish (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Salomon Slowes
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