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Polish Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari Silver Cross medal and box awarded posthumously to a Polish Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.438.2 a-b

Polish Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari (War Order of Military Virtue) Silver Cross medal, 5th class, awarded posthumously to 21 year old Corporal Michal Goldin, a Polish soldier who died in combat in Normandy, France not long after D-Day in 1944. The medal was issued on December 7, 1944, by the Polish government in exile in England. Michal was a high school student in Antwerp, Belgium, when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Separated from his family in Warsaw, he went to France and enlisted in the Polish Army. France surrendered in June 1940 and Michal’s unit retreated to Switzerland, where they were interned. In 1943, Michal escaped from Switzerland to Great Britain, where he rejoined the Polish Army. In June 1944, Michal participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy. On August 19, 1944, Michal volunteered to rescue an ambulance of wounded soldiers near Falaise and was killed.

Date
1944 August 19  (commemoration)
1944 December 07  (issue)
Geography
manufacture : London (England)
Language
Latin
Polish
English
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, Polish (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark and Paul Weinberg
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:36
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