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German Youth Fest 1936 badge with an embossed Reichsadler and swastika acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.22

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    Brief Narrative
    Deutsches Jugendfest [German Youth Fest] 1936 tinnie with a Reichsadler and swastika brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946.
    found:  1945
    issue:  1936
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    front, top, embossed : Deutsches / Jugendfest 1936 [German Youth Fest 1936]
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    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

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Physical Description
    Circular, copper washed, pressed metal badge with a stamped stylized eagle, facing left, with outspread wings and tail extending over the edges. It is overlaid by a diamond enclosed swastika with the Hitler Youth logo and German text around the border.
    the back is silver colored, with a spiral hinge and vertical, triangular C clasp pin soldered to the hollow back.
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm) | Diameter: 1.378 inches (3.5 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Corporate Name
    Hitler Youth

    Administrative Notes

    The Youth Fest badge 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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