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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

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    Brief Narrative
    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.
    commemoration:  1938 October 01
    issue: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of William King
    reverse, in circle, around border, embossed : 卐 EIN VOLK 卐 EIN REICH 卐 EIN FÜHRER [One People / One Country / One Leader]
    reverse, center, embossed : 1. / OKTOBER / 1938
    Designer: Richard Klein

    Physical Details

    Military Insignia
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Die cast, bronze colored, circular medal with a front relief image of 2 nude men: the figure on the right carries a flag with a swastika in his left hand; his right hand is on the shoulder of the other figure who wears shackles and a broken chain. They stand atop a Reichsadler, a dexter facing Imperial eagle gripping a wreath with a swastika in its talons. The reverse has embossed text around the edge and a date in the center. At the top is a bail with a suspension ring.
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Germany. Heer

    Administrative Notes

    The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by William King.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 10:44:53
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