The most interesting find from my box lots puchases over the weekend was the discovery of these three medals in a box of vintage advertising pens.
Please note, by sharing these medals, I am in no way showing any kind of support for the horrible acts of WWII. I am sharing them today because I am curious about them, and I would like to get more information about them. As this could be a sensitive topic, all comments will go into moderation immediately for this post.
In the box, I found three Nazi medals. I showed them to Mick from Everyone Goes to Mick's a couple of nights ago when we were chatting online. He found them creepy, mostly because I guessed that the most likely way they came to be in the possession of an American is that someone took them off a fallen German soldier during WWII. However, it could be that they made their way to the States if a soldier took them from a German POW. This is all just speculation. I'll never know their true story.
Anyway, here are the medals:
First up, a German Iron Cross, First Class. My research turned up the following information: "The Iron Cross is exclusively awarded for bravery before the enemy and for excellent merits in commanding troops."
Second, this medal which when translated reads "Medal for German Social Welfare". I'm not sure why this medal was awarded.
Finally, I found this medal. It is dated 1941, but I haven't been able to find any information on it either. Maybe one of my blog readers will be able to fill in the unknowns.
Have a great Tuesday!