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Two place service distinction ribbon bar awarded to a Jewish medical officer, 2nd Polish Corps

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ribbon bar with two service distinction ribbons worn by Dr. Salomon Slowes, who served as a medical officer in the Polish Army and 2nd Polish Corps, British Army, 1939-1945. Slowes was called up shortly before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Three weeks later, the Soviet Union invaded. Slowes was captured by the Soviets and interned in prisoner of war camps. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Slowes was released as part of an amnesty granted to Polish prisoners. He joined the Polish Army of the East, known as Anders Army, a volunteer military unit. In August 1942, the unit left Soviet territory and became the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army. In February 1944, his unit deployed from North Africa to join the British 8th Army in the Italian Campaign. The Corps fought its way north and was honored for heroism in the May 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino. They were in Italy on May 7, 1945, when the war ended. Slowes was awarded several medals by the British and Polish governments for his service. He settled in Palestine after the war.

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  • Title: Two place service distinction ribbon bar awarded to a Jewish medical officer, 2nd Polish Corps
  • Location: Poland--Armed Forces--History--World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives.
  • Provenance: The ribbon bar was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2002 by Salomon Slowes.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Jewish physicians--Poland--Biography. Jewish soldiers--Great Britain--Biography. Jewish soldiers--Poland--Biography. Military, Medicine--Poland--Biography. Prisoners of war--Soviet Union--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Polish.
  • Type: Military Insignia
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Two equal size, gold colored metal bars joined into 1 long bar covered with 2 striped satin grosgrain ribbons. The right ribbon has 7 vertical stripes: wide orange, navy blue, red, center grey, red, navy blue, wide orange; the left has 11 vertical stripes: wide navy blue, narrow white, narrow light blue, narrow white, wide navy blue, center narrow red, wide navy blue, narrow white, narrow light blue, narrow white, wide navy blue. Each ribbon is handstitched closed with grey thread on the back. The long sides are crimped and there is a long, curved straight pin and C hook sewn to the back.

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