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Good Conduct medal and ribbon presented to a Jewish German emigre for his US Army service 2003.149.20 front

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Good Conduct medal and ribbon presented to Rudolph Sichel, a Jewish refugee from Frankfurt, Germany, who served in the US Army from 1943 to June 1946. In May 1936, unable to return to Germany from England because of anti-Jewish regulations, Rudolph went to the United States. His parents, Ernst and Frieda, joined him in 1940. In April 1943, Rudolph enlisted in the army and was sent to Camp Ritchie for military intelligence training in interrogation techniques. In July 1944, Rudolph, now Chief Interrogator, Interrogation of Prisoners of War Team 13, landed on Utah Beach in France, where his unit was attached to the 104th Infantry, the Timberwolf Division. As the unit advanced through France, Belgium, and into Germany, Rudolph interrogated those captured. On April 11, 1945, the unit liberated Dora-Mittelbau/Nordhausen concentration camp and Rudolph witnessed the horrific conditions. A skilled photographer, he took snapshots of the camp and other events of his military tour. Following Germany’s surrender in May, 2nd Lt. Sichel was attached to the 9th Army. He interrogated prisoners of war and civilian witnesses, and participated in fact finding missions to document and prepare evidence for war crimes trials. In June 1946, 1st Lt. Sichel returned to the US. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.

Good Conduct medal and ribbon presented to Rudolph Sichel, a Jewish refugee from Frankfurt, Germany, who served in the US Army from 1943 to June 1946. In May 1936, unable to return to Germany from England because of anti-Jewish regulations, Rudolph went to the United States. His parents, Ernst and Frieda, joined him in 1940. In April 1943, Rudolph enlisted in the army and was sent to Camp Ritchie for military intelligence training in interrogation techniques. In July 1944, Rudolph, now Chief Interrogator, Interrogation of Prisoners of War Team 13, landed on Utah Beach in France, where his unit was attached to the 104th Infantry, the Timberwolf Division. As the unit advanced through France, Belgium, and into Germany, Rudolph interrogated those captured. On April 11, 1945, the unit liberated Dora-Mittelbau/Nordhausen concentration camp and Rudolph witnessed the horrific conditions. A skilled photographer, he took snapshots of the camp and other events of his military tour. Following Germany’s surrender in May, 2nd Lt. Sichel was attached to the 9th Army. He interrogated prisoners of war and civilian witnesses, and participated in fact finding missions to document and prepare evidence for war crimes trials. In June 1946, 1st Lt. Sichel returned to the US. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.

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  • Title: Good Conduct medal and ribbon presented to a Jewish German emigre for his US Army service 2003.149.20 front
  • Provenance: The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by Howard S. Sichel and Linda Strohmenger, the children of Rudolph Daniel Sichel., The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by Howard S. Sichel and Linda Strohmenger, the children of Rudolph Daniel Sichel.
  • Subject Keywords: German American soldiers--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography. Jewish soldiers--United States--Biography. Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Germany--Weimar (Thuringia)--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence--United States--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American., German American soldiers--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography. Jewish soldiers--United States--Biography. Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Germany--Weimar (Thuringia)--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence--United States--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • 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: Circular, heavy, bronze colored metal medal, 1.25 diameter, with an attached ribbon. It has an embossed left facing eagle perched on the flat blade of a sword laying on a closed book, encircled by English text. The back has a raised 5 point star with 4 sets of rays upon a partially unfurled scroll, wih text above and below. Around the edge is a wreath formed by a laurel branch on the left and an oak branch on the right. The ribbon is looped around a bail and ring on top of the medal. The ribbon has 13 vertical stripes: a wide red center stripe flanked by a set of 6 alternating, narrow, white and red stripes. Sewn to the back with pink thread is a pin with a bracket for a slot and a safety clasp., Circular, heavy, bronze colored metal medal, 1.25 diameter, with an attached ribbon. It has an embossed left facing eagle perched on the flat blade of a sword laying on a closed book, encircled by English text. The back has a raised 5 point star with 4 sets of rays upon a partially unfurled scroll, wih text above and below. Around the edge is a wreath formed by a laurel branch on the left and an oak branch on the right. The ribbon is looped around a bail and ring on top of the medal. The ribbon has 13 vertical stripes: a wide red center stripe flanked by a set of 6 alternating, narrow, white and red stripes. Sewn to the back with pink thread is a pin with a bracket for a slot and a safety clasp.

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