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40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by a Polish Jewish concentration camp survivor 2012.313.2 front

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40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by Herbert Lichtenstein. This commemorative medal was issued by the State of Israel in 1984 in a numbered edition. It features an image of the Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany erected at Yad Vashem. In January 1939, 22 year old Herbert was arrested in Oberwesel, Germany, and sent to a forced labor camp. In August 1941, he was transferred to Bielefeld forced labor camp. In January 1943, he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and marked with prisoner number 105483. In January 1945, as the Soviet Army approached, Herbert was transported to Buchenwald and given prisoner number 117482. In April 1945, he was transferred to Theresienstadt which was liberated by the Soviet Army on May 9, 1945. Herbert was hospitalized with typhus until July. While in Theresienstadt, Herbert had met and fallen in love with Ursula Cohn, another inmate. Ursula, age 21, had been deported to Terezin in July 1942 from Berlin, Germany. The couple lost touch after liberation, but met again later and married. They emigrated separately to the United States: Ursula in 1946 with her mother Ruth and sister Klara; Herbert in 1947 with his grandfather Karl, his only surviving family member.

40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by Herbert Lichtenstein. This commemorative medal was issued by the State of Israel in 1984 in a numbered edition. It features an image of the Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany erected at Yad Vashem. In January 1939, 22 year old Herbert was arrested in Oberwesel, Germany, and sent to a forced labor camp. In August 1941, he was transferred to Bielefeld forced labor camp. In January 1943, he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and marked with prisoner number 105483. In January 1945, as the Soviet Army approached, Herbert was transported to Buchenwald and given prisoner number 117482. In April 1945, he was transferred to Theresienstadt which was liberated by the Soviet Army on May 9, 1945. Herbert was hospitalized with typhus until July. While in Theresienstadt, Herbert had met and fallen in love with Ursula Cohn, another inmate. Ursula, age 21, had been deported to Terezin in July 1942 from Berlin, Germany. The couple lost touch after liberation, but met again later and married. They emigrated separately to the United States: Ursula in 1946 with her mother Ruth and sister Klara; Herbert in 1947 with his grandfather Karl, his only surviving family member.

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  • Title: 40th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany bronze medal acquired by a Polish Jewish concentration camp survivor 2012.313.2 front
  • Provenance: The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Eleanor Weinstein, the niece of Herbert and Ursula Cohn Lichtenstein., The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Eleanor Weinstein, the niece of Herbert and Ursula Cohn Lichtenstein.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Biography. Forced labor--Germany--Biography. Deportees--Germany--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives, Jewish. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography., Concentration camp inmates--Biography. Forced labor--Germany--Biography. Deportees--Germany--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives, Jewish. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography.
  • Type: Awards, Awards
  • 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: Heavy, circular, bronze colored, tombac alloy medal. The front has an embossed image of an upright sword with 6 textured hexagonal blocks, 3 on each side, representing 6 million martyrs. The negative space between them forms a Star of David, a depiction of the Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany at Yad Vashem. In the upper right is the emblem of Israel, a shield enclosing a 7 branched menorah flanked by an olive branch with Israel in Hebrew below. A phrase in English and Hebrew circles the rim. The reverse has an embossed image of an abstract, faceless, helmeted figure in left profile, holding a torch in one hand and a grid patterned globe in the other. At the top center are 4 lines of Hebrew text and circling the bottom rim is an English phrase. The edge has engraved text, the State of Israel emblem, and the serial number 0651., Heavy, circular, bronze colored, tombac alloy medal. The front has an embossed image of an upright sword with 6 textured hexagonal blocks, 3 on each side, representing 6 million martyrs. The negative space between them forms a Star of David, a depiction of the Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany at Yad Vashem. In the upper right is the emblem of Israel, a shield enclosing a 7 branched menorah flanked by an olive branch with Israel in Hebrew below. A phrase in English and Hebrew circles the rim. The reverse has an embossed image of an abstract, faceless, helmeted figure in left profile, holding a torch in one hand and a grid patterned globe in the other. At the top center are 4 lines of Hebrew text and circling the bottom rim is an English phrase. The edge has engraved text, the State of Israel emblem, and the serial number 0651.

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