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Medal de la Resistance Armee 1940-1945 medal and ribbon awarded to a Belgian resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2005.25.7

Medal of the Armed Resistance awarded to Roger Francois by the Belgian government in 1946 for his service in the resistance to the German occupation of Belgium, May 1940-September 1944. The colors of the ribbon are symbolic: black for the period of occupation, green for hope, and red for blood lost in the fight. 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, and was not liberated until April 1945. Francois was honored with multiple awards for his wartime service.

1940-1945  (commemoration)
1947 December 31  (issue)
issue : Belgium
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Guy Francois
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