Price: 7.50 euro
Size box: 7cm./2.7inch.
Size medal: 4cm./1.5inch.
Table medal from the DDR. The text on the medal raeds:”Fritz Behn (1904-1944) Ciommemorative Plaque”, and on the back:”Fritz Behn company school. For exemplary performance”.
Fritz Behn (1904-1944) was a German communist and resistance fighter against National Socialism. Behn spent his childhood in poor conditions on Usedom. After completing compulsory schooling in a one-class village school, he worked in Westphalia for several years and became a carpenter.
In 1924 he became a member of the SPD and returned to his homeland. Disappointed with the SPD’s coalition policy, he switched to the KPD (Communist party Germany) in in the spring of 1927.
Behn became a KPD speaker and appeared at many village meetings in. In March 1933 he was imprisoned in prison for a few weeks. Nonetheless, he continued to resist after his release. During the Second World War he was drafted into a naval construction battalion and from the summer of 1941 deployed in the Leningrad section of the front. With other war and Nazi opponents in his unit, he secretly formed an anti-fascist soldier group, which developed into a Wehrmacht group of the National Committee Free Germany (NKFD).
They were in contact with the Russian teacher Vasily Grigoryevich Titov, who led a local resistance group. He made it possible for them to hear the German-language broadcasts on Radio Moscow. The resistance group spread this news among the soldiers of the Wehrmacht in their area. Behn also handed over plans for the military objects on the Baltic coast to Titow. In August 1943, eight members of the NKFD group were arrested after being denounced. A court martial sentenced Fritz Behn to be shot dead on January 6, 1944 in the dunes near Tallinn. Titov and at least 40 other Soviet citizens were hanged without trial soon after their arrest.
Medal DDR MD088 Fritz Behn