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City of Ghent Commemorative Medal 1940-1945 medal with ribbon awarded to a Belgian resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2005.25.5

City of Ghent Commemorative Medal 1940-1945 medal with ribbon awarded to Roger Francois by the city of Ghent, Belgium, to honor his service in the Belgian resistance during the German occupation, 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)
approximately 1945  (issue)
Geography
issue : Ghent (Belgium)
Language
Latin
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Guy Francois
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:36
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