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Nuremberg IMT Trials Visitors Ticket

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_FranceFlag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgInteresting bit of shyte here. This is a ticket for the visitors gallery for the 379th session of the Nuremburg Military Tribunal (NMT). This session falls within the 7th trial, the Hostages Trial, which ran from 8th July 1947 until 19th February 1948. The defendants were mostly higher commanders of the Wehrmacht accused of atrocities against civilians in the Balkans and Greece.

The ticket holder was a man named Constantine Brown who served in B-24’s in the USAAF until the end of the war when he was seconded to provide Greek-English language translation. He later served in the CIA and upon his return to the US became a policeman.

From his obituary… “BROWN–Constantine. 1927-2014. Constantine Brown passed away on October 22, 2014. His friends and family will miss his enthusiasm and active life style. In 1923, his parents and sister escaped from the forced exchange of Greek and Turkish populations, and came to New York City. He was born in Manhattan’s “Hell’s Kitchen” where his mother struggled to bring up her fatherless children while working at the Greek Orthodox church nearby. He enlisted in the New York State Guard when a teen-ager. During World War II, he joined the Air Force Cadet Program to become a flight engineer on B-24 bombers. His fluency with the Greek language was used by the C.I.A. When the war ended, he completed high school and earned a B.A. from Columbia University while working full-time with the New York City Housing Authority Police. From 1954, he rose through the ranks of the Housing Authority Police which merged with the New York City Police Department. He married Olga Boondas, a professor of social work at Columbia University. His beloved wife and daughter, Themis, pre-deceased him. Constantine was an active member of several organizations, including the Captains’ Endowment Association–NYPD, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, and St. Paul’s Society, NYPD. Olga and Constantine inaugurated the Themis Anastasia Brown Endowment Fund at the Morgan Library and Museum 21 years ago. He was in the process of instituting a chair for Classical and Byzantine Studies at Queens College in NYC, and provide support for the Orphanage under the aegis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.”

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Japanese Surrender Documents

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis booklet, dating from 1946, is a facsimile of the surrender documents signed on the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd September 1945. These were produced by the National Archives in the US for distribution to institutions and individuals in education. I have the German ones here.


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German Surrender Documents May 1945

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis is a fascimile of the surrender documents signed by Germany on the 8th May 1945. These copies were created by the US National Archives. I have a pdf copy available here if you want one, Germany Surrenders Facsimile.

 

Jubilee Medal Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on May 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis is the Soviet commemorative medal issued in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of victory over Germany.

The Jubilee Medal “Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945″ was awarded to: all military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR who took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941 – 1945, to partisans of the Great Patriotic War, to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR, as well as any other persons who were awarded the Medal “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945″, the Medal “For the Victory over Japan” or the Medal “For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945″.

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Gold Participation Badge for the Great Patriotic War

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on May 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis is the Soviet Gold Participation Badge for the Great Patriotic War. Not a medal.

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Jubilee Medal Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on May 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis is the Soviet commemorative medal for the 30th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The Jubilee Medal “Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945” was awarded to: all military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR who took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941 – 1945, to partisans of the Great Patriotic War, to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR, as well as any other persons who were awarded the Medal “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945”, the Medal “For the Victory over Japan” or the Medal “For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”.

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Jubilee Medal Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on May 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis is the Soviet commemorative medal for the 40th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War.

The Jubilee Medal “Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945” was awarded to: all military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR who took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941 – 1945, to partisans of the Great Patriotic War, to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the USSR, as well as any other persons who were awarded the Medal “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945” or the Medal “For the Victory over Japan”; to home front workers, who were awarded for their dedicated work during the Great Patriotic War Orders of the USSR, the Medal “For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”, or other medals of the USSR such as “For the Defence of Leningrad”, “For the Defence of Moscow”, “For Defence of Odessa”, “For the Defence of Sevastopol”, “For the Defence of Stalingrad”, “For the Defence of Kiev”, “For the Defence of the Caucasus”, “For the Defence of the Soviet Arctic.”.

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