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German Sudetenland Medal commemorating the October 1, 1938, annexation of the region by Nazi Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2012.452.2

Commemorative medal awarded to an unnamed German soldier who participated in the October 1, 1938, annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia by Germany. It depicts two male figures representing the Sudetenland being freed from its shackles by Nazi Germany. The Sudetenland was a region of Czechoslovakia on the border with Germany where the majority of the population were ethnic Germans. In 1938, Hitler threatened to go to war unless the territory was ceded to Germany. At a conference in Munich on September 29-30, attended by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, but not the democratic government of Czechoslovakia, the borders of Czechoslovakia were revised and the region was annexed to Germany in return for a pledge of peace from Hitler.

Date
1938 October 01  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, German (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of William King
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:42
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