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Commemorative ribbon worn by a director of the Deggendorf DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 2007.162.2

Commemorative ribbon worn by Carl Atkin for a reception dinner for Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion held in Los Angeles, California, in 1951. Following Israel’s War of Independence (1947-1949), Ben-Gurion turned to American Jewish leaders to help him raise funds by issuing bonds. After the launch of these bonds, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, in 1951, where he was hosted by the Los Angeles Committee for the State of Israel Bonds and the American Financial and Development Corporation for Israel, where Carl Atkin worked. Prior to the end of World War II in 1945, Carl accepted a post with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), an international humanitarian organization. On August 23, 1945, he led UNRRA Team 55 to the poorly run Deggendorf displaced persons camp in the American-occupied zone of Germany, where they took over management. Carl and his team stabilized the food supply, secured housing facilities, fostered cultural life with lectures, concerts, performances, and established a community newspaper. Praised for his leadership, improvement of living conditions, and boosting of morale at Deggendorf, he left his directorship in December 1945 to accept an appointment as UNRRA’s Coordinator of Jewish Affairs. In March 1946, he returned to the US, rejoined his family in Los Angeles, and continued to work for the organization. On July 2, 1947, UNRRA terminated its activities and Carl transitioned into sales and advertising, financial management for a nightclub that he co-owned, and eventually aerospace production, management and documentation.

commemoration:  1951 May 23
received: Los Angeles (Calif.)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Ephemera, Printed.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Richard Katz
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:58:37
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