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Bronze Marshal Petain medal given to a Jewish girl living as a refugee in France

Object | Accession Number: 2013.478.4

Small, bronze Marshal Petain medal given to 11 year old Renee Kann, a German Jewish refugee from Saarbrucken, Germany, for being a good student at a school in Vichy France circa fall 1940 to June 1942. Renee’s family left Saarland after its 1935 reunification with Germany and settled in France. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded France, and 7 days later, Renee’s family was arrested by French authorities as enemy aliens. They were sent to Gurs internment camp in southwestern France. On August 14, the family was released and settled in Villeurbanne, Vichy France. In June 1942, Friedel sent Renee and Edith into hiding in Le Chambon sur Lignon. In late September, the family paid a guide to help them escape over the Swiss border. Renee’s family reached Basel, Switzerland on October 3, where they remained until the end of the war. On July 10, 1947, they left for the US.

Date
approximately 1942  (received)
after 1940-before 1946  (issue)
Geography
received : Villeurbanne (France)
issue : Vichy (France)
Language
French
Classification
Awards
Category
Medals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Kann Silver
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:44
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