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Plastic Star of David button worn to identify a Bulgarian Jew

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Star of David button made of Bakelite that Linka Nathan, or her mother, Rebecca, were required to wear to identify them as Jews in Sliven and Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1942-1944. Her father, Jacques was issued a circular, yellow button to identify him as a veteran of World War I. Beginning in July 1940, the Bulgarian government initiated anti-Semitic legislation that prohibited Jews from holding certain jobs, living in certain areas, or marrying non-Jews. Linka's father was one of the attorneys selected to interpret the new legislation to members of the Jewish community in Sofia.

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  • Title: Plastic Star of David button worn to identify a Bulgarian Jew
  • Provenance: The Star of David button was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Berto and Linka Behar.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Bulgaria--Personal narratives. Jews--Bulgaria--History--20th century. Jews--Persecutions--Bulgaria. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Bulgaria.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Yellow Bakelite button in the shape of a 6-pointed Star of David incised on the front with black lines that form the outline of a Star of David. The end points of each arm of the star have been cut straight. There are 2 holes in the center with black thread through the holes.

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