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NSDAP membership badge found by Zaro Calabrese

Object | Accession Number: 1995.124.2

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    NSDAP membership badge found by Zaro Calabrese

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Nazi Party membership pin (Parteiabzeichen) obtained during Zaro Calabrese's service in Europe in WWII (1939-1945). All members of the Nazi Party wore these pins. They were typically worn on the lapels of their civilian clothing and some uniforms.
    Date
    acquired:  1944-1945
    Geography
    acquired: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zaro Calabrese
    Markings
    front, within red ring, metal, embossed : NATIONAL-SOZIALISTISCHE / -D.A.P.- [National-Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei, National-socialist German Workers' Party]
    Contributor
    Subject: Zaro Calabrese
    Biography
    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

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Genre/Form
    Badges.
    Physical Description
    Circular, silver-colored metal and enamel pin with a red outer ring and a circular, white center. A canted, black swastika is set in the center, and metal German text fills the outer ring.
    Dimensions
    overall: | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm) | Diameter: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, enamel

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Germany

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The lapel pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Zaro Calabrese in 1995.
    Record last modified:
    2023-10-11 14:52:13
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