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Star of David yellow cloth badge printed with Jude, the German word for Jew

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Star of David yellow cloth badge with the German word, Jude, for Jew, worn in Lüneburg (alternate spelling Lueneberg), Germany. In September 1941, the Nazi government ordered all Jews over the age of 6 to wear a badge with a Judenstern [Jewish star] on their outer clothing at all times to mark them as outcasts from German society and to make them easy to identify. In most places, the Jews were responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the badges. This type was printed on rolls of cloth with dotted cutting guidelines and cut off as needed. .

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  • Title: Star of David yellow cloth badge printed with Jude, the German word for Jew
  • Provenance: The badge was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany. Jews--Germany--Identification--History. Jews--Persecutions--Germany--History--20th century.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Dark yellow cloth badge in the shape of a 6 pointed Star of David. The star outline is formed from 2 overlapping, dyed triangles and has German text in a font resembling Hebrew in the center. The frayed edges are evenly cut along the guidelines, folded over and stitched with black thread. There are pinholes near the point and it has some discoloration.

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