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Enameled stickpin for the Studiosorum World Congress owned by a former Czech Jewish soldier

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Red and blue enameled stickpin acquired by Frank Meissner during the 1946 Studiosorum Congress in Prague. It features the logo design of a globe, open book, and flaming torch that symbolize youth's persisent quest for knowledge. This was the founding congress of the International Student Union created to promote democracy and education among students of all nations. At the age of 16, Frank left Trest, Czechoslovakia, in 1939 to avoid the increasingly harsh Nazi persecutions of Jews. He went to Denmark with Youth Aliyah to attend agricultural school. In fall 1943, when the Germans decided to deport all Jews from Denmark, Frank was smuggled on a fishing boat to Sweden. During his exile, he received weekly letters from his family, even after their deportation to Theresienstadt ghetto. The letters stopped in 1943. In the fall of 1944, Frank learned that his family had been sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. He joined the Czech army-in-exile in Great Britain. After the war ended in May 1945, Frank returned to Czechoslovakia searching for his family, but he found no survivors.

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  • Title: Enameled stickpin for the Studiosorum World Congress owned by a former Czech Jewish soldier
  • Provenance: The pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Margit Meissner, the wife of Frank Meissner.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--Denmark--Biography. Jewish refugees--Great Britain--Biography. Jews--Czech Republic--Trest--History--20th century. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Denmark.
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Circular gold colored metal pin with a stylized image of the globe with a grid pattern inlaid with blue enamel on the left and red on the right. In the center is an open book with a raised design of a hand holding a red enameled flaming torch. There is text engraved and inlaid with blue enamel around the border. A long, straight pin with screw threads is soldered to the back.

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