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World War I Iron Cross medal that belonged to a Jewish veteran and concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2005.492.2

Medal awarded to Salli Joseph for his service in the German Army during World War I, 1914-1918. Salli and his family lived in Berlin, Germany, and he began searching for ways to get his family out of the country after the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in 1933. They tried to get visas for the United States, since his wife's sister had lived there for some time. However, Salli and his wife, Martha, were placed on the very restrictive Polish quota system by the US because they were born in West Prussia. In 1939, they sent their 19 year old son, Bernard, to England and in 1940, their 16 year old daughter, Margot, to Palestine. Salli and Martha were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp on March 6, 1943, where they were killed shortly after arrival.

commemoration:  1914-1918
issue: Germany
Military Insignia
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margot Hamburger
Record last modified: 2022-05-02 12:59:50
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