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Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 awarded by the Soviet Union to a Czech Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2004.643.4 a-b

Soviet Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 with striped ribbon awarded to Josef Hauptman for bravery as a soldier during the war against Nazi Germany. He received the medal with a certificate (see 2004.643.1) in 1947. 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.

commemoration:  1941-1945
received:  1947
received: Czechoslovakia
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Hauptman
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 09:12:49
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