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Concentration camp uniform jacket with a purple triangle worn by a Jehovah’s Witness inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1990.222.1.1

Concentration camp uniform jacket worn by a male Jehovah’s Witness who was imprisoned in Buchenwald and Flossenbürg concentration camps from October 25, 1939, to May 8, 1945. It has a white patch with his Flossenbürg prisoner number, 38641, beside a purple triangle marking him as a Jehovah’s Witness. The Nazi regime persecuted Jehovah’s Witnesses, who refused to put any authority before God or serve in the military. In mid-September 1937, he was imprisoned by the Gestapo for leading the local Jehovah’s Witness group, whose activities were considered subversive activity against the Nazi regime. After two years, the SS sent him to Buchenwald concentration camp where he was a slave laborer. On December 11, 1944, he was transferred to Flossenbürg and put in a labor group of Jehovah’s Witnesses assigned to bakeries that produced bread for the main camp. He was liberated on May 8, 1945, one day after Germany’s surrender.

use:  1939-1945
use: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
use: Flossenbürg (Concentration camp); Flossenbürg (Germany)
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Franz Wohlfahrt and Robert Buckley
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:10:07
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