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SSB blue enamelled badge with a snowflake acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.35

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    Brief Narrative
    Enameled SSB badge with a white snowflake on a blue field brought back from Germany by Harold Goldberg, a Jewish American soldier who served in Europe. The acronym SSB stands for Schwabian Skiverband, a regional ski association in the Swabian region of southern Germany. The badge was manufactured by Mayer & Wilhelm, a metalware factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The factory was founded in 1865 and still produces medals and metalware today. Harold B. Goldberg lived in New York City where he attended City College and worked as mail carrier prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army as a private in October 1942. Harold served in Europe until the end of the war and then returned to New York where he married his wife Rita in 1952.
    found:  1945
    creation:  1907-1945
    manufacture: Stuttgart (Germany)
    found: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    reverse, center, embossed : MAYER & WILHELM / STUTTGART
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    Manufacturer: Mayer & Wilhelm
    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
    Convex, inverted, silver colored metal, equilateral triangle pin with an enamel white snowflake and gray letters in each point on a blue enamel field. A spring hinge and safety catch is soldered on the reverse, with the maker's mark.
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    overall : metal, enamel paint
    front, three corners, grey enamel : S S B

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    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Corporate Name
    United States. Army

    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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    2024-02-21 07:11:17
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