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Ceskoslovensky Valecny Kriz 1939 (Czechoslovak War Cross) with ribbon awarded to a Czech Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2004.643.3

Czechoslovak War Cross 1939 with striped ribbon awarded to Josef Hauptman in 1946 for bravery as a soldier during the war against Nazi Germany. He received the medal with a certificate (see 2004.643.1) on March 6, 1946. In 1938, Czechoslovakia was dismantled and its territory absorbed by Nazi Germany and its allies. Josef, 18, was drafted into the Soviet Army that year. He fought with Soviet forces for the rest of the war. He was wounded for the second time and hospitalized when the war ended on May 8, 1945. Sometime that summer, Josef became a member of the Czechoslovak Army. In December 1945, he was honored as a disabled veteran. Josef also received medals in recognition of his bravery during the war from both the Czechoslovak and Soviet governments.

issue:  1946 March 06
commemoration:  1939-1945
issue: Prague (Czech Republic)
Military Insignia
Object Type
Medals, Czech (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Hauptman
Record last modified: 2022-08-31 14:08:57
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