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German State criminal police warrant disc acquired by a Jewish American soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1989.4.1

Staatliche Kriminalpolizei [State Criminal police] bronze warrant disc [dienstmarken], ID number 1978, taken by Walter Fried, a US Army interrogator, from a Gestapo officer in the SS criminal police division whom he was interrogating. After Himmler centralized the police forces in the mid-1930s, this was the official identification badge, stamped with the individual officer's number. The badge had the authority of a warrant and once displayed during an arrest, investigation, or search, it ensured compliance. Walter, 25, and his family, who were Jewish, fled Austria for America shortly after the annexation by Germany in March 1938. Walter entered the Army in November 1943 and deployed with the 243rd Combat Engineer Battalion. In April 1945, he was transferred to the Counterintelligence Corps to be a translator. After Germany surrendered on May 7, Walter was transferred to War Crimes Investigating Team, Judge Advocate Section, as a translator and interviewer of former concentration camp inmates, guards, and commandants, as well as German civilians. He was released from the Army in January 1946.

found:  after 1945 April 26-before 1946 January 23
found: Regensburg (Germany)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Walter Fried
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:32
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