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Star of David badge with Jude worn by Austrian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2013.515.2

Star of David badge worn by Edith Löw in Vienna, Austria, from September 1, 1941, until her liberation in April 1945. Austrian Jews were required to wear Judenstern (Jewish Stars) at all times to humiliate and mark them as Jews. Edith and her mother Friedericke got their patches at the Jewish community center and hemmed them to look nicer. After Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, Edith’s father Otto lost his job and fled to Yugoslavia. At age 14, Edith stopped attending school and worked at the Jewish community daycare. By late summer 1942, the center closed because of mass deportations of Jews, so Edith worked for the Jewish Children’s Home. Her mother was a nurse at the Jewish hospital. In October 1941, Edith’s grandmother, uncle, aunt, and cousin were deported to Theresienstadt. Edith and her mother were not deported because they worked for the Jewish community. In March 1944, Edith’s mother was sent to Theresienstadt. She was told that Edith could come with her, but she decided Edith was safer in Vienna. Edith was still working at the Children's Home when the city was liberated in April 1945. Edith’s mother, uncle, and aunt perished in the camps.

Date
approximately 1941 September-1945 April  (use)
Geography
use : Vienna (Austria)
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Edith Löw Taussig
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:45
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