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WWII German Army General Assault badge with an eagle on an oak leaf wreath acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.16

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    Brief Narrative
    Wehrmacht General Assault badge with the cutout of an eagle with retracted wings on an oak leaf wreath brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II. The badge was instituted by General von Brauchitsch on June 1, 1940, as an award for soldiers who took part in 3 separate combat actions on different days, and was not eligible for infantry or armored assault badges.
    found:  approximately 1945-1946
    issue:  after 1940-1945
    issue: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    Designer: Ernst Peekhaus Company
    Harold B. Goldberg (1922-2011) was born in Brooklyn, New York to Samuel and Rose Goldberg. Samuel and Rose were born in Russia and immigrated to the United States before the birth of their children. Samuel worked as a presser in a tailor shop. Harold had six siblings and the family spoke Yiddish and English at home. As a young adult Harold worked as a mail carrier and attended City College in New York. On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The following day the United States declared war on Japan, and on December 11, Germany declared war on the United States. On October 31, 1942 Harold was drafted into the U.S. military. He entered the army on October 31, 1942 as a private, and received serial number 32613738. He served in Europe until the end of the war. Harold then returned home to New York where he married his wife Rita in 1952. The family lived in New York for the rest of their lives.

    Physical Details

    Military Insignia
    Object Type
    Badges (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Oval, silver colored badge, possibly steel, in the shape of an oak leaved wreath with acorns, with a cutout Wehrmacht-style eagle with folded wings in the center. The right facing eagle has textured feathers and grasps a swastika in its talons. Below the swastika and overlapping the wreath is a cutout stick grenade with a swastika crossed by a rifle bayonet, tip leftward. The solid, flat back has a vertical straight pin for a missing catch.
    overall: Height: 2.125 inches (5.398 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    overall : metal

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by the family of Harold Goldberg.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 10:46:40
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