Medal (Medallion) [Sinking of the Lusitania]
Maker and role
Karl Goetz, Maker
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On the reverse are depicted some people queuing up at a counter manned by a skeleton.
One side of the medal has the sinking ship, with armaments falling over the foredeck. Words below the image read 'Der gross-dampfer Lusitania durch ein Deutsches tauchboot versenkt 5. MAI 1915’ which translates to ‘The liner Lusitania sunk by a German submarine 5 May 1915'. The image on the other side shows people buying their tickets for the voyage from death's representative, a skeleton.
Stuck by Karl Goetz, a German medallist, this medal was quickly used as a propaganda tool by the British. The Germans maintained the "Lusitania" was carrying arms to the Allies and warnings had been issued, however the inaccurate date was used to show pre-planning of the attack.
This medallion was donated to MOTAT during 1980.