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Commemorative red triangle Dachau badge 83918 with a Star of David owned by a former German Jewish inmate

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Red inverted triangle badge with a Star of David, KL Dachau and prisoner number 83918 acquired by Arthur List at an unknown date. The badge resembles the patches prisoners had to wear on their uniforms. Arthur, (then Adolf Lustgarten] at age 20, was a prisoner in Dachau on April 11, 1945, when it was liberated by US troops. Adolf and his two sisters were born in Goerlitz, Germany, to Herman and Ida, who were born in Poland. In 1938, they were expelled back to Poland by the Nazi regime. In 1940, Arthur was picked up off the streets in Wadowice to do forced labor. From 1941-43, he was an inmate in Flossenburg concentration camp, then in Hersbruck satellite camp. When that camp was evacuated in early April, Arthur was sent by train to Dachau. His parents and sisters were sent to Auschwitz in 1943 where it is presumed they were killed. Arthur emigrated to the United States in December 1946.

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  • Title: Commemorative red triangle Dachau badge 83918 with a Star of David owned by a former German Jewish inmate
  • Provenance: The badge was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Eric List and Danette Werner, the children of Arthur List.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Germany--Biography. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Slave labor--Germany--Biography.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Small, inverted, black plastic triangle with a recessed red painted inverted triangle within a white border on the front. A 6 pointed Star of David is etched upon a white painted circle in the center. German text and a prisoner number 83918 are etched across the widened top edge. There is a small hole in each triangle point and it breaks off at the bottom point.

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