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Polish military eagle badge worn by a Polish Jewish solider

Object | Accession Number: 2013.438.3

Polish Army eagle badge worn by 21 year old Corporal Michal Goldin, a Polish solider who died in combat in Normandy, France, soon after D-Day in 1944. 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. He was posthumously awarded the Polish Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari Silver Cross medal for this action.

Date
approximately 1943-1944 August  (use)
Geography
use : France
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark and Paul Weinberg
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:41
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