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Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 awarded by the Soviet Union to a Czech Jewish soldier 2004.643.4_a-b front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Soviet Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 with striped ribbon awarded to Josef Hauptman for bravery as a soldier during the war against Nazi Germany. He received the medal with a certificate (see 2004.643.1) in 1947. In 1938, Czechoslovakia was dismantled and its territory absorbed by Nazi Germany and its allies. Josef, 18, was drafted into the Soviet Army that year. He fought with Soviet forces for the rest of the war. He was wounded for the second time and hospitalized when the war ended on May 8, 1945. Sometime that summer, Josef became a member of the Czechoslovak Army. In December 1945, he was honored as a disabled veteran. Josef also received medals in recognition of his bravery during the war from both the Czechoslovak and Soviet governments.

Soviet Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 with striped ribbon awarded to Josef Hauptman for bravery as a soldier during the war against Nazi Germany. He received the medal with a certificate (see 2004.643.1) in 1947. In 1938, Czechoslovakia was dismantled and its territory absorbed by Nazi Germany and its allies. Josef, 18, was drafted into the Soviet Army that year. He fought with Soviet forces for the rest of the war. He was wounded for the second time and hospitalized when the war ended on May 8, 1945. Sometime that summer, Josef became a member of the Czechoslovak Army. In December 1945, he was honored as a disabled veteran. Josef also received medals in recognition of his bravery during the war from both the Czechoslovak and Soviet governments.

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  • Title: Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 awarded by the Soviet Union to a Czech Jewish soldier 2004.643.4_a-b front
  • Location: Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestianskaia Krasnaia Armia--Biography., Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestianskaia Krasnaia Armia--Biography.
  • Provenance: The medal and ribbon were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Joseph Hauptman., The medal and ribbon were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Joseph Hauptman.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish soldiers--Soviet Union--Biography. Jews--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Jews, Czech--Soviet Union--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Eastern Front--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union--Biography., Jewish soldiers--Soviet Union--Biography. Jews--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Jews, Czech--Soviet Union--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Eastern Front--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union--Biography.
  • 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. Gold colored circular medal, 1.750 inches diameter, with a raised rim and smooth edge. On the front is a relief portrait of a man with thick hair and a moustache, Stalin, in military uniform with embossed Russian Cyrillic text above and below. The reverse has embossed Russian Cyrillic text, a date, and a 5 pointed star. Attached to the top is a suspension loop with a metal paper clip inserted through to attach the ribbon, (.b.) b. Pentagonal gold colored metal plate with a curved bottom wrapped with a black and orange striped, grosgrain ribbon, layered to form an upside-down V. On the reverse, the ribbon inserts through a metal bar near the upper edge, folds over, and slides behind a metal bar near the lower edge. Attached to the reverse is a spring loaded pin to which is attached a metal paper clip that is inserted through the hole in the plate, then through the suspension loop on the medal (.a.) The connected components measure 3.250 x 1.875., a. Gold colored circular medal, 1.750 inches diameter, with a raised rim and smooth edge. On the front is a relief portrait of a man with thick hair and a moustache, Stalin, in military uniform with embossed Russian Cyrillic text above and below. The reverse has embossed Russian Cyrillic text, a date, and a 5 pointed star. Attached to the top is a suspension loop with a metal paper clip inserted through to attach the ribbon, (.b.) b. Pentagonal gold colored metal plate with a curved bottom wrapped with a black and orange striped, grosgrain ribbon, layered to form an upside-down V. On the reverse, the ribbon inserts through a metal bar near the upper edge, folds over, and slides behind a metal bar near the lower edge. Attached to the reverse is a spring loaded pin to which is attached a metal paper clip that is inserted through the hole in the plate, then through the suspension loop on the medal (.a.) The connected components measure 3.250 x 1.875.

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