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Predicate Object 1992.325 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1992.325, W3587 2013-12-13T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-05-31T21:26:21.370Z 55 fundraising/wars propaganda/wars "Lusitania" fundraising badge, WW1 The Lusitania was torpedoed on 7 May while sailing off the Irish coast (en route from the USA to the UK) at a cost of 1198 lives lost. Souvenir badge relating to the sinking of SS Lusitania on 7 May 1915, The sinking of the Cunard Line vessel, Lusitania on 7 May 1915 made headlines around the world and became a focus for propaganda on both sides. Satirical German medallist Karl Goerz issued a medal that drew attention to the British were prepared to risk civilian lives by carrying munitions - a deliberate ploy on the part of the shipowners to attract German retaliation, in order to draw the USA into the war. The Goerz medal was reproduced by the British was issued as a propaganda and fundraising device - highlighting the intent of Germany to sink any vessel regardless of lives of passengers; and profits from sale were to go to the St Dunstan's Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Hostel. The date on the original medal - 5 May 1915 - was believed to be proof that this was a pre-mediated and deliberate attack b y Germany on a supposedly neutral passenger vessel. "Lusitania" fundraising badge, WW1 drawing of ship on ocean, flying three flags (Australian flag, Union Jack and French flag) with small sailing boat beside it, text in red badge, fundraising
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