Identifer: CJF R 0005
Auschwitz Medals, Plaques, Tokens & Pins, Cincinnati Judaica Fund Research Collection
This medal was designed by Professor Jozef Stasinski. It was issued by the Polish mint in 1995 in a presentation box.
The medal was issued partially in honor of the Maximilian-Kolbe-Werk – an association providing social, medical and financial assistance to former prisoners of extermination and concentration camps and ghettoes. The Association was set up in 1973 – two years after the beatification of Polish Priest Maximilian Kolbe – a number of German Catholic associations with a view to contributing to the Polish-German and Jewish-German reconciliation through providing assistance for victims of Hitler’s Nazism. The Work runs old persons’ homes, organizes therapeutic help, counseling, and vacation stays in Germany for former inmates of camps, facilitating mutual personal relations. Around 400 people participate in this kind of stay programs each year.