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Wir Helfen (We Help) charity badge with a swastika acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.19

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Wir Helfen [We Help] 1933-34 charity tinnie brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II. Tinnies, inexpensive pressed metal alloy pins, or other inexpensive tokens, were often given to people who contributed to charity and fundraising campaigns.
    Date
    issue:  1933-1934
    found:  1945
    Geography
    issue: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    Markings
    front, bottom, embossed : WIR HELFEN / 1933-34 [WE HELP]
    Contributor
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    Biography
    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

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Physical Description
    Shield shaped, bronze washed, pressed tin badge with a flat top, pointed bottom, beveled edges, and hollow back. At the top is an embossed mobile swastika within a circle emitting rays, suspended above 2 crossed, bent wheat sprigs. Neow this are 3 stacked 3 bricks upon a raised line, below which is the slogan and year. A horizontal safety pin and C clasp are on back. It is darkly tarnished.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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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