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Croix du Prisonnier Politique de la Guerre 1940-1945 medal with ribbon, 2 stars, awarded to a Belgian resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2005.25.4

Cross of the Political Prisoner of War, 1940-1945 medal with ribbon, with two stars, awarded to Roger Francois by the government of Belgium for his service to his country during World War II. The cross pattée medal had an embossed inverted red triangle with a B to represent the prison badge that identified them as Belgian political prisoners and a blue and white striped ribbon representing prison uniforms. During the German occupation of Belgium, May 1940-September 1944, the German military governed alongside the Belgian civil service. The Germans sought to deport all Jews to concentration camps; the Belgian civil service did not cooperate. By 1942, there was a significant resistance movement. Francois actively assisted Jews in avoiding these round-ups and in finding places to live in hiding. He was captured and interned at Buchenwald and Flossenburg concentration camps in Germany, and was not liberated until April 1945. Francois was honored with multiple awards for his war time service.

Date
1940-1945  (commemoration)
1949 July 23  (issue)
Geography
issue : Belgium
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Guy Francois
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