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Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross

Object | Accession Number: 2000.226.2

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    Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross [Krzyż Pamiątkowy Monte Cassino] awarded to Marcus Rosenzweig, a soldier in the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army, for participation in the Battle of Monte Cassino, as well as Piedimonte and Passo Corno in Italy. This May 1944 victory was the fourth attempt by Allied forces since January 1944 to break through German defenses blocking the advance into Italy.
    Date
    commemoration:  1944 May
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Ringelheim
    Markings
    front, embossed : MONTE CASSINO MAJ 1944 [Monte Cassino May 1944]
    reverse, embossed : 43 / 852

    Physical Details

    Language
    Polish
    Classification
    Military Insignia
    Category
    Medals
    Object Type
    Medals, Polish (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Bronze cross with equilateral arms with incised grooves and outward curving, radiant tips with an attached grosgrain ribbon with alternating, vertical stripes of equal width: 6 blue, 5 orange. The face has a central tablet embossed with Polish text and date. The reverse of the square is engraved with a number that may indicate place within order of issue. The ribbon is inserted through a suspension ring attached to a ring suspension attached to a loop in the cross point. The design of the cross echoes that used by the order of St. Benedict, who founded the Monte Cassino Abbey in 529.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 6.500 inches (16.51 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth, metal, ribbon

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000 by Joan Ringelheim.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 14:30:00
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