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Bicycle race award medal with an image of a rider accepting a victory garland acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.36

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    Brief Narrative
    Medal with an image of a bicycle rider receiving his wreathed garland for speed awarded for a race in Freiburg, Germany, brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946.
    found:  1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    reverse, center, engraved : MEDAILLE / ZUM II. PREIS / DES I. AKADEMIKER / VELOCIPED•WETTFAHREN / FREIBURG LB. / 46 KM. / ST. 38 MIN. 12SEC / 21.7.95 [MEDAL / FOR II. PRIZE / OF I. ACADEMICS / VELOCIPED • PAID RACE / FREIBURG LB. / 46 km. / ST. 38 MIN. 12 SEC / 07.21.95]
    edge, engraved : P. FROMHERZ R.C.FIDELIO
    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

    German Latin
    Object Type
    Sports--Medals (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Circular, tarnished or blackened, silver colored metal medal with a relief image of a woman in a toga holding a shield, with Et Celeritas, and placing a wreath on the head of a man holding the handlebars of a bicycle. In the background is a street scene with lamp post and a pedestal. On the reverse is an embossed wreath, with oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right, enclosing German text, with a maker's mark. A bale with suspension ring is soldered to the top.
    overall: Height: 2.125 inches (5.398 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    overall : metal

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    Administrative Notes

    The medal 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:
    2023-08-29 13:06:26
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