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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, 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. They were printed with dotted guidelines as aids for cutting one out neatly.

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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: Yellow cloth badge in the shape of a 6 pointed Star of David handstitched with black thread to offwhite cloth backing. The star outline is formed from 2 overlapping, dyed triangles and has German text in the center. The frayed edges of the star are folded over and stitched with black thread; the edges of the backing are also folded over and stitched. There are pinholes on the front center and some loose threads.

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