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Letter dated February 5, 1959 from the Belgian Embassy in Washington to Jack Zwirz.

”Dear Mr. Zwirz,

It is my pleasurable duty to inform you that His Majesty the King of the Belgians has been graciously pleased to bestow upon you the crosses of Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold II avec palme, Croix de Guerre 1940 avec palme, Medaille de la Resistance, Medaille commemorative de la guerre 1940-1945.

The chancery documents, as well as the insignia of these decorations, have been forwarded to the Consulate General of Belgium in New Orleans, which will communicate with you so that mutually convenient arrangements can be contemplated for the presentation of these distinctions.

I extend my sincerest congratulations on this occasion and I remain

Sincerely yours,


Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Letter from the Belgian Embassy in Washington, DC to Jankiel (Jack) Zwirz informing him that he would be receiving medals for his part in the Belgian resistance during World War II. The medals included:

1) The Ordre de Leopold II with Palme conferred upon him by the King on July 18, 1958, for his part in the armed resistance during World War II from January 1942; for taking part in a shock group, carrying arms, being arrested for doing his patriotic activity and being deported to Germany where he endured with great courage the rigors of concentration camps.

2) The Croix de Guerre with Palme for Zwirz’s part in the resistance.

3) Commemorative Medal of the War 1940-1945, and

4) Resistance Fighters Medal.

A date for their presentation would be arranged with the Consulate General of Belgium in New Orleans.

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Jankiel Zwirz, Belgian Embassy, Medal



Letter from Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to Jankiel Zwirz



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