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Boy Scout badge issued to Jewish refugee in Shanghai

Object | Accession Number: 2000.24.9

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    Boy Scout badge issued to Jewish refugee in Shanghai

    Overview

    Date
    1939-1945
    Geography
    use: Shanghai (China)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric Bergtraun
    Markings
    center : BOY SCOUTS
    Contributor
    Subject: Eric Bergtraun
    Biography
    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

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Badges (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Triangle with curved edges; front: yellow fabric, black embroidered design of writing utensil; green stitching around outside edge; verso: dark navy backing.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 2.000 inches (5.08 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The badge was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000 by Eric Bergtraun.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-21 13:00:10
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