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ANTI-SEMITIC BIGOTRY AS CHRONICLED BY HISTORICAL MEDALS
Figure 53. Jewish Children Wearing Star of David
Photograph of Jewish Children in Berlin, Germany, 1942. (Wikipedia)
It may be recalled that in The Netherlands some non Jewish students courageously started to place self made stars onto their clothing; they were promptly arrested and sent to a Nazi concentration camp in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks. Jews who refused to wear the star were transported to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, to a certain death.
Several medals relate to specific Nazi concentration camps throughout Europe. A more general medal commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Death Camps is shown in figure 54. On it can be seen on the obverse a prisoner watched over by a guard dog against a background of a concentration camp, a gas chamber, and a crematorium, all surrounded by barbed wire, with the inscription ANever Again (in French) 1939-1945". On the reverse is a blank space to engrave the name of the survivor.
Figure 54. Anniversary of the Liberation of the Death Camps Medal
Pierre Fernand Provost, France, 1980, Bronze struck medal, 68 mm. (Image courtesy of William Rosenblum)
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