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Cross of Honor of the German Mother medal, 1st Class, Gold, acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2003.272.2 a-b

Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter [Cross of Honor of the German Mother] medal and presentation box acquired by Sidney Tick, a soldier in the 3rd Battalion, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division. The Mother's Cross was instituted by the Nazi Party in 1938. It was first awarded in 1939 to some 3 million mothers as a propaganda measure to promote National Socialist population policy. Mothers of eight or more children received a gold cross, mothers of six or seven, a silver cross, and three or four, a bronze cross. In spring 1945, Sidney was deployed to the Europe to join the 83rd Division as it advanced through western Germany. In April, the Division liberated subcamps of Buchenwald concentration camp. Because Sidney spoke Yiddish, he was selected to work as a translator with the former prisoners of Buchenwald and its subcamps, as well as liberated prisoners from Dachau.

commemoration:  1938 December 16
found:  approximately 1945 April-approximately 1946 March
found: Germany
manufacture: Pforzheim (Germany)
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of the Tick family
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:19
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