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KG6 - Execution of Albert Leo Schlageter, Cast Bronze Medal, 77.00g., 61mm, by Karl Goetz, 1923, a bust of Albert Leo Schlageter, Glüh' heilge Flamme glüh' glüh' u. erlösche nie für's Vaterland" (Glow Holy Flame! Glow! Glow! Never Die Out For The Fatherland), rev., Schlageter standing before a French military firing squad, Ermordet von den Franzosen!" (Murdered by the French), (Kienast 300), extremely fine. $295 NOW $245
Schlageter was a member of the German Freikorps (paramilitary units) that used sabotage to resist the post war French occupation of the Ruhr and Rhineland. He was executed by the French military on May 26, 1923. His death created an image of martyrdom around him, which was cultivated by German nationalist groups, in particular the Nazi's who named military units and a naval vessel after him.