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Forced labor badge, yellow with a purple P, worn by a Polish Jewish youth

Object | Accession Number: 2014.450.4

Yellow badge with a purple P worn by Wojciech Hermanowski when he was a slave laborer. Wojciech and his parents Jan and his older brother Andrzej lived in Warsaw, Poland where father was a high official in the city government. After the German occupation of Poland in September 1939, both boys continued their education, Wojciech legally due to his age and Andrzej in an underground high school. After the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, Wojciech and his parents were deported to a slave labor camp in Writzen. Wojciech later was transferred to work at a dairy in nearby Eberswalde. Andrzej was imprisoned in Auschwitz, Neungamme, Branschweig and Bergen Belsen concentration camps. The family was reunited and transferred to Sweden for recuperation after the war ended in May 1945.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wojciech Hermanowski
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:43
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