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King Leopold III Croix de Guerre 1940-1945 medal, ribbon, and gold palm citation awarded to a Belgian resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2005.25.9

King Leopold III Croix de Guerre medal, ribbon,and palm citation awarded to Roger Francois by the Belgian government for bravery and his service to his country during World War II. 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 Flossenbürg concentration camps, and was not liberated until April 1945. Francois was honored with multiple awards for his wartime service.

commemoration:  1940-1945
issue: Belgium
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Guy Francois
Record last modified: 2023-08-31 14:45:38
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