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Fighter against the Nazis Medal and box awarded to Jewish Brigade veteran

Object | Accession Number: 2003.361.17 a-b

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    Fighter against the Nazis Medal and box awarded to Jewish Brigade veteran


    Brief Narrative
    Fighter Against the Nazis medal and ribbon with box awarded to Shmuel Givol Gotthold. The ribbon was awarded on Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 7, 1967, and the medal several years later. Gotthold was a soldier in the Jewish Brigade, British Army, 2nd Jewish Battalion, Palestine Regiment. In the immediate postwar period he was stationed in the British Zone in Germany where he helped trace missing persons and aided refugees desperate to know whether their family members had survived. The Brigade was established by the British in September 1944. It included more than 5000 Jewish volunteers living in Palestine and was the only independent, national Jewish unit to serve in WWII. The unit served in combat during the final battles for the liberation of Italy. The British dissolved the Brigade in the summer 1946
    commemoration:  1939-1945
    issue: Israel
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yoel Givol and Michal Lilli Kahani, in memory of their grandparents, Hildegard and Moritz Henschel
    back, bottom, engraved : Hebrew text [Fighter of the Nazis- veteran of the Second World War]
    Subject: Shmuel Givol Gotthold
    Issuer: Israel

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    a. Shiny, gold colored metal, circular, medal, 1.500 in. in diameter, with a raised rim and smooth edge attached to a ribbon. The front has an embossed vertical olive branch over an outlined Star of David which overlaps a recessed Star of David with an upright sword over the right side. The back is stippled and engraved with the state seal of Israel, a shield enclosing a 7 branch menorah flanked by 2 vertical olive branches above the Hebrew word for Israel. A suspension bar extends from the top attaching a threaded ribbon. The grosgrain ribbon has 9 vertical stripes: black, narrow white, narrow light blue, narrow white, wide red, narrow white, narrow light blue, narrow white, and black. The ribbon is wrapped around and adhered to a flat metal square with 2 posts with attached clutchbacks.
    b. Storage box with a clear plastic lid for a dark blue plush cloth covered cardboard base with a molded inset for the medal.
    a: Height: 3.750 inches (9.525 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Depth: 0.375 inches (0.953 cm)
    b: Height: 4.750 inches (12.065 cm) | Width: 2.625 inches (6.668 cm) | Depth: 0.625 inches (1.588 cm)
    a : metal, ribbon
    b : cardboard, cloth, plastic

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    Administrative Notes

    The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by Yoel Givol and Michal Lilli Kahani, the grandchildren of Hildegard and Moritz Henschel.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-08-25 08:41:17
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