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ANTI-SEMITIC BIGOTRY AS CHRONICLED BY HISTORICAL MEDALS


 

Several medals issued later, during the period of Nazi Germany, were designed in attempts to provide justification for the heinous acts perpetrated against the Jewish community. One of these, issued in 1939 titled "Why We Fight," is shown below (figure 51). The obverse depicts a German soldier with industrial and agricultural workers, the legend reading (translated), "Greater Germany Fights for Peace Against the Shame Treaty of Versailles." On the reverse can be seen a large caricatured Jewish figure wearing a Star of David, with flames behind him and images of money and weaponry before him, with the legend below reading, "For What Do Our Enemies Fight."

   Why We Fight Medal    Fight Medal
Figure 51. Why We Fight Medal

Unidentified medallist, Germany, 1939, Zinc struck medal, 41 mm. Ref: Kirschner Nr. 49. (Image courtesy of Alex Ben-Arieh)

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