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Yellow cloth Star of David badge with a blank center recovered from the Lodz ghetto

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: Yellow cloth Star of David badge with a blank center recovered from the Lodz ghetto
  • 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. 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: Yellow cloth badge in the shape of a six pointed Star of David with a double row of yellow stitching across the center forming 2 triangles. It is machine stitched with yellow thread on the edge to a cloth backing, but the stitching has come loose and the cloth pieces are not well attached.

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