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France Forever laminated pin with a V and US & French flags owned by a Jewish French resistance member

Object | Accession Number: 2004.248.7

France Forever (France Quand-Meme) laminated pin owned by Yvonne Klug Redgis, a French resistance member who was imprisoned in France and in Auschwitz concentration camp from 1943-1945. The paper pin has a graphic design with the Cross of Lorraine, a symbol of French resistance, a V for victory, and intertwined US and French flags. French Forever, the fighting French Comittee in America, was an association of French persons in the US and American friends of France who supported the Free French and provisional government. France surrendered to and was occupied by Nazi Germany in June 1940. Yvonne was arrested by the Gestapo for her resistance work on September 1, 1943, in Vichy France and sent to Drancy internment camp in October. Until June 1944, she worked as slave labor at Austerlitz train station in Paris, and then was deported to Auschwitz. She was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945. After recovering in a hospital, she was repatriated to France in June 1945. She emigrated to the US in 1946.

Classification
Jewelry
Category
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Lapel pins (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ed Francell
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:49
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