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1939-1945 Star Medal and ribbon awarded to an Austrian Jewish woman for service in the British Auxiliary Territorial Division 2009.294.4_a front

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1939-1945 Star Medal and ribbon awarded to Lilly Feldmann by the British government for her military service in Palestine. In late 1938, 18 year-old Lilly felt forced to leave Vienna, Austria, because of anti-semitism and Nazi fervor. In her diary, she wrote: "It is a curse that I shall miss this home in spite of the fact that it hates and rejects me…I shall cry for you, you stupid, pitiful country.” She escaped to England where she joined the British Army and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service Division.

1939-1945 Star Medal and ribbon awarded to Lilly Feldmann by the British government for her military service in Palestine. In late 1938, 18 year-old Lilly felt forced to leave Vienna, Austria, because of anti-semitism and Nazi fervor. In her diary, she wrote: "It is a curse that I shall miss this home in spite of the fact that it hates and rejects me…I shall cry for you, you stupid, pitiful country.” She escaped to England where she joined the British Army and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service Division.

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  • Title: 1939-1945 Star Medal and ribbon awarded to an Austrian Jewish woman for service in the British Auxiliary Territorial Division 2009.294.4_a front
  • Location: Great Britain--Armed Forces--Women., Great Britain--Armed Forces--Women.
  • Provenance: The 1939-1945 Star Medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 by Dr. Dorit B. Whiteman, who received the medal from Gertrude and Charles Deutsch, Lilly Feldmann's cousins., The 1939-1945 Star Medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 by Dr. Dorit B. Whiteman, who received the medal from Gertrude and Charles Deutsch, Lilly Feldmann's cousins.
  • Subject Keywords: Military service, Voluntary--Great Britain. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Personal narratives, Jewish. Women soldiers--Great Britain--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Great Britain., Military service, Voluntary--Great Britain. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Personal narratives, Jewish. Women soldiers--Great Britain--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Great Britain.
  • Type: Military Insignia, Military Insignia
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: a. Six-pointed bronze star medal with a circular center on the front embossed with a large, ornate mongram surmounted by the royal crown with the legend embossed around the foot. The reverse is smooth and blank. There is a ring and a suspension ring attached to the top point. b. Rectangular strip of ribbon with 3 equal stripes: dark blue, red, light blue, to represent the Royal and Merchant Navies, Armies, and Air Forces., a. Six-pointed bronze star medal with a circular center on the front embossed with a large, ornate mongram surmounted by the royal crown with the legend embossed around the foot. The reverse is smooth and blank. There is a ring and a suspension ring attached to the top point. b. Rectangular strip of ribbon with 3 equal stripes: dark blue, red, light blue, to represent the Royal and Merchant Navies, Armies, and Air Forces.

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