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Boy Scout uniform shirt worn in Shanghai

Object | Accession Number: 2000.24.35 a

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    Boy Scout uniform shirt worn in Shanghai

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    approximately 1939-1948
    use: Shanghai (China)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric Bergtraun
    Subject: Eric Bergtraun
    Eric Bergtraun (1925-2008) was born Erich Maximilian Bergtraun in Vienna to Edmund Leon Bergtraun and Lilly Wagner Bergtraun. His family left Austria for Shanghai shortly after Kristallnacht in 1938 and was forced to live in the Hongkew Ghetto for three years as the war intensified. Eric was active in the underground British Boy Scouts and became Scout Master after the war. He immigrated to the United States in 1948, settled in San Francisco, and married Polly Bergtraun (nee Hertz).

    Physical Details

    Clothing and Dress
    Men's clothing
    Object Type
    Shirts, Men's (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    khaki short sleeved shirt; sewn on left breast pocket: leather triangle divided into thirds, red, white, red, with image of red down arrow crossed at top in middle of white section, below that painted leather patch with image of Chinese dragon and "13TH GROUP SHANGHAI" in green; sewn on right breast pocket: two vertical stripes of white linen[?] on either side of oval olive green patch embroidered in red with fleur-de-lis and "BOY SCOUTS" in yellow; 10 merit badges sewn on left sleeve; sewn on right sleeve: 5 merit badges and large oval olive green patch embroidered in red with fleur-de-lis and "BOY SCOUTS" in yellow; 2000.24.35b was attached to right shoulder: twisted emerald green cords looped through shoulder strap and two strips of olive green fabric safety pinned to shoulder strap
    overall: Height: 32.000 inches (81.28 cm) | Width: 32.000 inches (81.28 cm)
    overall : cloth, leather, paint, metal, ink

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    The shirt was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000 by Eric Bergtraun.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-21 13:34:33
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