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Unused yellow cloth Star of David badge with Jude printed in the center

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Star of David worn in the Lodz ghetto and recovered from the ghetto by Malwina (Inka) Gerson and her parents, Dora and Gustav. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, 11 year old Inka and her family were forced into the Jewish ghetto in Lodz, which was renamed Litzmannstadt by the Germans. All ghetto inhabitants over the age of 10 had to work and Inka worked in a hat-making workshop. The Germans destroyed the ghetto in July 1944 and Inka's family was part of the work detail kept to clean up and salvage materials from the ghetto and to dig mass graves. The Allen family avoided the subsequent deportations to concentration camps and were still living in the ghetto when the city was liberated by the Russian Army in early 1945. The family left Poland for Bolivia in 1945.

Details

  • Title: Unused yellow cloth Star of David badge with Jude printed in the center
  • Location: Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
  • Provenance: The badge was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Malwina (Inka) Gerson Allen.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Łódź--Personal narratives. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography. Jewish families--Poland--Łódź. Jewish ghettos--Poland--Łódź.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Irregular rectangle of yellow cloth printed with a 6 pointed Star of David. The star outline is formed from 2 overlapping, dyed triangles and has German text in the center. Some of the points were cut off or printed off the edge of fabric. There are cut guide marks printed around the outside of star. The left side is hemmed with black thread which overlaps two points of the star.

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