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WWI Iron Cross 2nd Class medal awarded to a Jewish veteran

Object | Accession Number: 1989.113.39

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    WWI Iron Cross 2nd Class medal awarded to a Jewish veteran

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The Iron Cross was awarded to Walter Joseph, a German Jew, for his military service in World War I.
    Date
    commemoration:  1914-1918
    Geography
    creation: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bernard Feingold
    Markings
    front, center, embossed : W
    front, bottom, embossed : 1914
    reverse, top, embossed : FW
    reverse, bottom, embossed : 1813
    suspension ring, maker’s mark, engraved : KO
    Contributor
    Subject: Walter Joseph
    Manufacturer: Konigliches Munzamt Orden

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Military Insignia
    Category
    Medals
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Black painted metal alloy cross pattee style medal with a silver colored reeded border on the front and reverse. The front is embossed with an imperial crown in the top arm; a W cipher for King Wilhelm II in the center; and the year the award was reinstituted, 1914, in the bottom arm. The reverse is embossed with the FW cipher for King Friedrich Wilhelm III in the top arm; a cluster of 3 oak leaves in the center, and the year of first issue, 1813, in the bottom arm. There is a loop on the top arm with a suspension ring. The maker’s mark, KO, for Konigliches Munzamt Orden, the Royal Mint in Berlin, is engraved on the suspension ring. The medal is attached to a black with two thin white bands grosgrain ribbon.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 7.190 inches (18.263 cm) | Width: 1.690 inches (4.293 cm) | Depth: 0.120 inches (0.305 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, paint, ribbon

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Joseph, Walter.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The WWI iron cross medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989 by Brigadier General Bernard Feingold.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 14:22:06
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