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Commemorative Medal Portraying Yvonne Vieslet, 1918

  • bronze
  • Inv. 1925-AK

Public Domain

Yvonne Vieslet was 10 years old when she was shot dead by German soldiers at Marchienne-au-Pont on 12 October 1918. A group of about 20 French soldiers, shabby and starving, were trapped in the garden of the Cercle-Saint Edouard. Yvonne, along with her mother and sister, was on her way to see her father when she decided to give her school cake to a prisoner. Arriving at the fence, Yvonne approached closer but was pushed away by the German soldiers. She then threw the cake through the bars from a distance and was shot by the guard. She died the next day. The incident caused a stir and a monument was erected both in Marchienne-au-Pont and in the playground of Yvonne's school in Monceau-sur-Sambre. The medal was sold with the aim of raising funds to build a "Maison Yvonne Vieslet" that would be a women's centre for French culture and Franco-Belgian friendship.

Artist

Jenny Lorrain Wikidata
Virton 1867 - Ixelles 1943
medalistsAAT

Title Commemorative Medal Portraying Yvonne Vieslet
Date 1918
Period 20th century
Location Belgium TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings name and year on the front side: I 9 0 8 - YVONNE VIESLET - I 9 I 8
signatures (names) at the front, lower right: JLorrain
text below: P A X
text below: MAIYSON DU SOL PATRIAL PAR LE SANG DES HEROS FECONDE LES MOISSONS FUTURENS JAILLIRONT
Collection medals AAT
Object type portrait medal
Inventory number 1925-AK
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1925-AK
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/1012/manifest.json
https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/1013/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
45I1 prisoner of war (after the battle) Iconclass
61I(WORLD WAR I) names of historical events and situations (WORLD WAR I) Iconclass
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