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Military ID tag issued to identify a Jewish volunteer in the British Army

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Metal tag identifying him as a Jew issued to Arie Kadar, when he volunteered for a Palestinian Jewish unit affiliated with the British Army in 1939. Arie had emigrated from Mindszent, Hungary, to Palestine, before 1939. He joined the PNR, a Palestinian Jewish battalion affiliated with the British Army, and was captured by the Germans in 1939 in North Africa. He was held as a prisoner-of-war from 1939-1945, from 1941 in Stalag XVIII in Austria. Nearly his entire family in Hungary was murdered during the Holocaust. His young cousin, Eva Biro, survived in hiding in Budapest. After the war ended in May 1945, Arie returned to Palestine and was discharged from the Jewish Brigade in January 1946.

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  • Title: Military ID tag issued to identify a Jewish volunteer in the British Army
  • Provenance: The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Eva Biro Slott, the cousin of Arie Kadar.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Personal narratives. Prisoners of war--Germany--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish participation--Personal narratives, Hungarian.
  • Type: Military Insignia
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Octagonal, dark brown metal tag with a hole punched on the left and right sides. A letter is stamped under the right hole and text and numbers in the center.

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