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Public School Athletic League Winged Victory achievement badge received by a German Jewish teenage refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2012.454.6

Girl's Branch PSAL (Public School Athletic League) medal awarded to Franziska (Ruth) Danzig for physical accomplishments when she attended school in New York in the 1940s. When Ruth was 6, her parents, Gerda and Emanuel, sent her from Munich, Germany, to London, England, in June 1939, on the Kindertransport [Children’s Transport]. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933, the government actively persecuted the Jewish population. During Kristallnacht, on November 9-10, 1938, the family’s apartment was searched by the Gestapo. In spring 1939, Ruth’s cousin, Bianca, was sent on a Kindertransport to stay with a Jewish foster family in London. Ruth’s parent found a Jewish foster family, the Pasternacks, and Ruth was sent to stay with them. After Great Britain declared war on Germany that September, plans were made to evacuate people, especially children, from London due to the danger of aerial bombing. Ruth and Bianca were both sent to Windsor, where from fall 1939 until fall 1944, Ruth was boarded with several different host families. Ruth’s mother had a younger sister, Flora, in the United States and Ruth was sent to live with her in November 1944. Ruth's parents and her other family members were deported from Munich in 1942 to ghettos and concentration camps where they perished.

received:  approximately 1945-approximately 1950
received: New York (N.Y.)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Steven Frank
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Record last modified: 2019-07-01 15:47:09
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