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Holocaust Commemorative Art Medal1960
EW-FRA
Bronze

The obverse bears kneeling Jewish mother with her two girls, all wearing the Yellow Star, about to be loaded onto cattle car for shipment to a death camp; armed guard next to group of people queued up in front of car in background. Signed at bottom right, 19 © 60 / E. WEISTROP

The reverse bears shattered oak stump with green shoots, 11-line tribute to the thorough-going research and preservation of the history of two World Wars in the collection of Dutch-born American numismatist Maurice Frankenhuis. The inscription reads THE / FRANKENHUIS / COLLECTION / 1914 - 1918 / 1939 - 1945 / DESPITE THE / FORCES OF DESTRUCTION / MAURICE FRANKENHUIS / PAINSTAKINGLY RECORDED / THE HISTORY OF TWO / WORLD WARS IN HIS / COLLECTION

The edge is marked MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y BRONZE

Maurice Frankenhuis (1893-1969) was an avid collector of medals and documents relating to the great world wars that tore Europe apart in the first half of the 20th century. He had inherited a substantial collection of documents, coins, and medals from his grandfather and built on this collection during the first world war, when Holland, his home country, remained neutral. World War II was a very different story. Nazi Germany occupied the Netherlands and required Jewish males to report for deportation to labor camps. He and his family managed to avoid this fate for 21 months by hiding with a trusted Dutch family. After being discovered they ended up in the KZ Theresienstadt where they were eventually liberated in 1945.

He commissioned this medal to be the abstract expression of the human sorrow experienced by both Holocaust victims and survivers. As he said at one point:

[I] can see in the artist's rendition the actual figures of [my] wife and [our] own two little daughters; [I] can feel the pathos of their exile as they were trapped by man's inexorable inhumanity.

The medal measures 77.2mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

Sower of the Forest 1965
by Elizabeth Weistrop
SOM-72.1
Golden bronze with light tan patina

This medal was chosen as the 72nd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1965.

Its obverse bears a squirrel with an acorn. Above and below, Sower / of the / Forest; between oak leaves, © E.W.

The reverse shows two squirrels on tree branches with mountains in background.

Weistrop picked a very New England subject for her medal: the very common grey squirrel. As she wrote in the brochure that accompanied the medal:

"The grace, the personality, the rich forms of the squirrel are so accepted that they are almost overlooked. By studying, observing, and appreciating all forms of wildlife, man can learn to understand himself."

This medal was pretty enthusiastically received by the members who seemed to agree that it is one of the finest animal medals they had ever seen.

The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company. A reported 984 pieces were struck in bronze.

SOM-72.1
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze with light tan patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 72ND ISSUE - NOV. 1965 ELIZABETH WEISTROP, SC.(C)
MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
SOM-72.2
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze with light tan patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 72ND ISSUE - NOV. 1965 ELIZABETH WEISTROP, SC.(C)
MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
The Lion of Israel / Moses1965
EW-LOI
Bronze

The obverse bears Lion of Israel before menorah; Star of David at upper right. Signed under lion at right, © E.N. WEISTROP 1965

The reverse bears Moses, facing away, holding the commandment tablets and reading God's law to crowd with faces turned up in awe; sun and mountains in background. Around, HEAR O ISRAEL ~ THE LORD OUR GOD ~ THE LORD IS ONE

The edge is marked MEDALLIC ART CO NY BRONZE

The medal measures 75mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

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