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UNRRA red felt patch with acronym worn by a refugee aid worker

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Patch worn by Michel Shadur when he worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in Germany from 1945-1947. He worked as a supply officer for the Wurttemburg district and as director of a displaced persons camp for Jewish refugees in Backnang. Michel left Germany in 1935 because the Nazi government's anti-Jewish policies were making it difficult and dangerous to live and work there. His wife, their 2 children, 8 year old Joseph and 4 year old Benita, and his mother joined him in Antwerp, Belgium, in January 1936. However, after the Germans occupied Belgium in May 1940, the family was forced to flee once more. Traveling by private car, they eventually made their way to Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed for New York on board the SS Exeter on February 21, 1941.

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  • Title: UNRRA red felt patch with acronym worn by a refugee aid worker
  • Provenance: The UNRRA patch was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Joseph Shadur, the son of Michel Shadur.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish refugees--France. Jewish refugees--United States. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--France. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States. World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Germany.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular arched red felt bar patch on light brown mesh backing with 5 letters machine sewed in white thread across the front.

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