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Auxiliary Territorial Service cap badge worn by an Austrian Jewish woman in the British Auxiliary

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Auxiliary Territorial Service cap badge worn by Lilly Feldmann during her service in the British Military in Palestine during World War II. 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: Auxiliary Territorial Service cap badge worn by an Austrian Jewish woman in the British Auxiliary
  • Location: Great Britain--Armed Forces--Women.
  • Provenance: The auxiliary territorial service cap badge 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, the cousins of Lilly Feldmann.
  • 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.
  • Type: Military Insignia
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Bronze circular badge with an open stamped design formed from a laurel wreath with the end tips connected by an Imperial (King's) crown. In the open center of the wreath are the letters ATS, the letter T being taller. The reverse has a bent piece of rectangular metal with a maker's mark to clip to the hat.

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