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German Youth Hostel donor's badge with an embossed Nazi eagle and swastika acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.32

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    Brief Narrative
    Deutsches Jugenherbergswerk [German Youth Hostel] lapel pin for the 1937 fundraising campaign brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946. Tinnies, inexpensive pressed metal alloy pins, or other inexpensive tokens, were often given to people who contributed to charity and fundraising campaigns.
    commemoration:  1937
    found:  approximately 1945-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    front, center, embossed : D / JH / 1937 [Deutsches Jugenherbergswerk / German Youth Hostel]
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    Issuer: Deutsches Jugenherbergswerk (German Youth Hostel)
    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
    Eagle shaped, pressed tin badge with bronze wash traces. The left facing eagle has spread wings, folded down, with a triangle superimposed on its chest, enclosing the initials DJH. The triangle rests upon a rectangular base, forming a house, with a diamond enclosed swastika, splitting the date, with the bottom half extending past the edge. The hollow back has a spring hinge and vertical safety catch pin.
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    overall : tin

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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.
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    2023-08-31 10:46:41
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