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Reich Labor Service Arbeit adelt [Work ennobles] plaque and booklet acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.258.10 a-b

German Labor Service plaque that belonged to Mark C. Levy, a US soldier with the 4th Armored Division and with the Intelligence Corps. The RAD [Reich Labor Service], was a labor organization established by the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in 1935. RAD service was compulsory for all citizens of Germany, age 19-25, for a minimum of 6 months. The RAD provided ideological and paramilitary training and instilled in its members the ideal of sacrifice and service for the glory of the Third Reich. This plaque is accompanied by a booklet where the member can record his personal informaton and activities. Most of the 14 interior pages have handwritten entries. Lieutenant Levy was a tank commander, 4th Armored Division, Third Army, under General George S. Patton. This unit liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp in Germany on April 4, 1945, the first camp liberated by US troops. The war ended in May 1945 and around this time Levy transferred to the Intelligence Corps.

Date
approximately 1940  (issue)
Geography
manufacture : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Awards
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark C. Levy
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:23
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