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Nazi propaganda leaflet to lower Allied troops morale acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.448.1

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    Brief Narrative
    Small 2-sided Nazi propaganda flier, Happy Days.....Gone, brought home from the war by Sergeant Anthony A. Carullo, 20, a soldier in the 2nd Infantry Division, United States Army. The leaflet was distributed to Allied troops by the Germans to demoralize the troops. It depicts a couple in civilian clothes dancing above a grave with a combat helmet atop a plain wooden cross. Carullo entered combat in Normandy in July 1944 and fought in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal for his exemplary conduct in combat. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Carullo returned to the US in July 1945.
    Happy Days.....Gone
    found:  1944 September
    found: Europe
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Carullo, in memory of her father Anthony A. Carullo
    back, black ink : AMERICAN SOLDIERS! / Remember those happy days when you stepped out with your best girl "going places and doing things"? / No matter / whether you two were enjoying a nice juicy steak at some tony restau- / rant or watching a thrilling movie / with your favourite stars performing or dancing to the lilt of a swing band / you were happy / WHAT IS LEFT OF ALL THIS? / Nothing! / Nothing but days and nights of he heaviest fighting and for many of you / NOTHING BUT A PLAIN WOODEN CROSS IN FOREIGN SOIL!
    Subject: Anthony A. Carullo
    Antonio A. Carullo was born on October 26, 1924, in Orsogna, Italy, to Antonio and Concetta Pace Carullo. He had four siblings: Elmira, Cleto, Aurelio, and Florence. Antonio’s mother and father were from Orsogna. His father Antonio immigrated to the United States in 1904. While visiting Italy in 1922, he married Concetta Pace. Antonio and his siblings were American citizens because their father was a naturalized American citizen. On December 3, 1938, Antonio and his mother and siblings sailed from Naples on the SS Rex, arriving in New York on December 11. The family settled in Astoria, New York. Antonio and his father both changed their names to Anthony. Anthony (Junior) worked with a carpenter.

    On December 8, 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II. On May 5, 1943, Anthony was inducted into the US Army. He served in G Company, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. On November 9, 1943, Anthony, a private first class, arrived in Europe. His division was stationed in Ireland for training. On July 9, 1944, the 2nd Infantry Regiment landed in Normandy. On August 27, Anthony was wounded on his left arm and leg in France, for which he received a Purple Heart. Anthony’s regiment fought in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge, then crossed the Saar River into Germany in January 1945. The 2nd fought through Germany into Czechoslovakia. Anthony rose to the rank of sergeant. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Anthony returned to the US on July 18, 1945, and was discharged on October 7.

    Anthony lived in Astoria. He married Filomena and they had two daughters. In December 1948, Anthony was notified that he had been awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his exemplary conduct during combat on August 8, 1944. Anthony, 87, passed away on October 19, 2012, in New York.

    Physical Details

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    Object Type
    Leaflets (tgm)
    Physical Description
    Small double-sided paper leaflet with an illustration of a smiling woman and a man in a suit and tie dancing together above a grave mound with a combat helmet resting on a plain wooden cross inserted in the upper end. The text, Happy Days, is printed near the man's shoulders, and the word, " ..... gone," is printed next to the grave. There are 3 paragraphs of typed English text on the back.
    overall: Height: 8.000 inches (20.32 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The leaflet was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Joan Carullo, the daughter of Anthony A. Carullo.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-06-06 13:20:44
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