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Medallion awarded to a Hungarian Jewish athlete

Object | Accession Number: 2018.286.3

Medal with a man holding a laurel wreath, presented to Kálmán Gutlohn in Budapest, Hungary, before he was conscripted into a forced labor unit in 1941. Kálmán worked in the Foreign Currency Department at the Budapest City Savings Bank and was an active athlete, competing in many shooting and rowing competitions. In 1939, Kálmán married American-born Anna Farkas and they lived in Pest, Budapest. In 1940, Hungary joined the Axis Alliance and passed race laws similar to Germany’s Nuremberg laws. In 1941, Kálmán and the other Jewish men in the community were conscripted for forced labor to work in multiple areas in and near Budapest. Anna used her American citizenship to get Kálmán released and he returned home on November 9, 1944. Days later, he was arrested, escaped a forced march, and found protection at an American internment camp. He later escaped the German S.S. takeover of the camp and went into hiding in his family’s apartment. During the Siege of Budapest beginning on December 25, 1944, Kálmán hid in the destroyed apartment with help from his wife. Russian forces liberated Pest on January 18, 1945 and in February, Kálmán went to Bucharest to work in the Identification Department at the American Joint Distribution Committee. Anna, her two sons, and their daughter joined him in June. Anna and the children sailed to the United States at the end of November and after his paperwork was approved, Kálmán joined them in January 1947. He changed his name to Clarence Grant and found work as a banker for a Hungarian firm in New York.

Date
before 1941  (received)
Geography
received : Budapest (Hungary)
Classification
Awards
Category
Medals
Genre/Form
Medals.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Mary Aviyah Farkas
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 06:59:00
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