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Iron Cross medal, World War I

Object | Accession Number: 1995.124.10

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    Iron Cross medal, World War I


    Brief Narrative
    Pin of the German Army of World War I. It was obtained during Zaro Calabrese's service in Europe in WWII.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zaro Calabrese
    Subject: Zaro Calabrese
    Rosario "Zaro" Calabrese served as a member of the 3rd US Cavalry Group, which was attached to the 4th Armored Division of the US Army. The 4th Division landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on July 11, 1944 and entered combat in France. They played a significant role in the breakout from the Normandy beachhead and the liberation of France in 1944, and then fought their way through Germany. On April 4, 1945, they liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp, a subcamp of Buchenwald, the first concentration camp to be liberated by American troops. General Eisenhower visited the camp on April 12. When Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, the Division was in Czechoslovakia. The 4th was placed on occupation duty until inactivated on April 26, 1946. Zaro settled in New Jersey.

    Physical Details

    Military Insignia
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Oval-shaped, displaying a black iron cross between "1914-1915"
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Depth: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm)
    overall : metal, enamel, paint

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Administrative Notes

    The Iron Cross Medal was donated to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Zaro Calabrese in 1995.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 14:24:08
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