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Jewish ghetto police cap worn by an inmate/policeman at Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ghetto watch cap that belonged to Fritz Joseph, an inmate at Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp who worked as a policeman there in 1944. Fritz and his wife, Betty, were deported from the Netherlands to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in July 1943. At the end of the year, they were sent to Theresienstadt. Then, at the end of 1944, they were transported to Auschwitz. Fritz was next sent to Meuselwitz labor camp where he was liberated by US troops on May 7, 1945. He was reunited with Betty and they returned to the Netherlands.

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  • Title: Jewish ghetto police cap worn by an inmate/policeman at Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp
  • Provenance: The hat was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Ruth Gabriele S. Silten, the daughter of Fritz and Ilse Silten.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Poland--Biography. Concentration camp inmates as guards--Czech Republic--Terezín (Ustecký kraj) Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czech Republic--Terezín (Ustecky Kraj)--Personal narratives. Holocaust survivors--Netherlands--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Netherlands.
  • Type: Dress Accessories
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Black cloth hat with straight sides and a curved top that folds lengthwise when stored. It has a light brown band near the top and lighter brown piping at the bottom edge. A silver colored metal badge with scalloped edges and die cut letters is sewn on below the trim. There are initials embroidered in blue thread on the inside bottom edge.

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