FNDIRP commemorative striped badge engraved 178284 owned by a French Jewish survivor

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

FNDIRP blue and white striped pin owned by Yvonne Klug Redgis, a French resistance member who was imprisoned in France and in Auschwitz concentration camp from 1943-1945. FNDIRP (Federation Nationale des Deportes et Internes, Resistances et Patriotes) is an association formed in France after the war by those who returned from the camps and those who resisted the German occupiers to honor their service and the memory of those who did not survive. The pin is engraved with prisoner number 178284 and the stripes are reminiscent of concentration camp uniforms. France surrendered to and was occupied by Nazi Germany in June 1940. Yvonne was arrested by the Gestapo for her resistance work on September 1, 1943, in the Riviera and sent to Drancy internment camp in October. Until June 1944, she worked as slave labor at Austerlitz train station in Paris, and then was deported to Auschwitz. She was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945, hospitalized and then repatriated to France in June 1945. She emigrated to the US in 1946.

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  • Title: FNDIRP commemorative striped badge engraved 178284 owned by a French Jewish survivor
  • Provenance: The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Ed Francell, the nephew of Yvonne Redgis.
  • Subject Keywords: Guerillas--France--Biography. Ex-concentration camp inmates--France--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--France--Personal narratives. Women concentration camp inmates--Poland--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Shield-shaped, gold colored metal pin with a red enamel inverted triangle with a gold letter F on a field of blue and white enamel stripes crossed diagonally with gold colored barbed wire. Above the triangle is a gold colored rectangle with the number 178284 in black enamel. A spring tension pin is soldered on the back with a circular metal disk with a maker's name engraved.