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From Holocaust to Rebirth commemorative bronze medal acquired by a Polish Jewish survivor of several concentration camps 2012.313.3 front

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From Holocaust to Rebirth bronze medal acquired by Herbert Lichtenstein, while at the first meeting of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors held in June 1981 in Jerusalem. The medal was issued that year to commemorate the convention and as a symbol of the historic connection between the Holocaust and the rebirth of the Jewish State, represented in the design by a blank Star of David rising above a Star of David etched Jude sunk behind prison bars. 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.

From Holocaust to Rebirth bronze medal acquired by Herbert Lichtenstein, while at the first meeting of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors held in June 1981 in Jerusalem. The medal was issued that year to commemorate the convention and as a symbol of the historic connection between the Holocaust and the rebirth of the Jewish State, represented in the design by a blank Star of David rising above a Star of David etched Jude sunk behind prison bars. 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: From Holocaust to Rebirth commemorative bronze medal acquired by a Polish Jewish survivor of several concentration camps 2012.313.3 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 a smooth, embossed Star of David in the top center. Below is a recessed Star of David with three wide bars superimposed upon it. The word Jude, German for Jew, is etched across the bars. The legend is embossed around the edge in English and Hebrew. The reverse has an embossed design with the legend in Hebrew text on the top left, with the emblem of Israel, a shield enclosing a 7 branched menorah flanked by an olive branch with Israel in Hebrew, on the top right. The bottom half features a design with a grid patterned globe on the left and the legend in English text on the right. The edge is engraved with English and Hebrew text, the emblem for Israel, and the serial number 0442. The front design was designed by Gideon Kaich; the reverse by Nathan Karp, Heavy, circular, bronze colored, tombac alloy medal. The front has a smooth, embossed Star of David in the top center. Below is a recessed Star of David with three wide bars superimposed upon it. The word Jude, German for Jew, is etched across the bars. The legend is embossed around the edge in English and Hebrew. The reverse has an embossed design with the legend in Hebrew text on the top left, with the emblem of Israel, a shield enclosing a 7 branched menorah flanked by an olive branch with Israel in Hebrew, on the top right. The bottom half features a design with a grid patterned globe on the left and the legend in English text on the right. The edge is engraved with English and Hebrew text, the emblem for Israel, and the serial number 0442. The front design was designed by Gideon Kaich; the reverse by Nathan Karp

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