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Blue, white and yellow Jewish Relief Unit Star of David badge worn by a German Jewish nurse

Object | Accession Number: 2000.285.2

JRU [Jewish Relief Unit] Star of David shaped pin worn by 26 year old Alice Redlich while working as a nurse at Bergen Belsen displaced persons camp. The British Army liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 15, 1945, and it then became a DP camp. Alice had left Germany in 1938 to study nursing in Great Britain. She volunteered with the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and, in September 1946, arrived with Team 110 in Bergen-Belsen. She cared for infants, children and young women, and taught hygiene. When Alice left Berlin, she left behind her parents Ella and Georg and younger brother Heinz. Her family was Jewish and she had not been able to get them to safety in England. While working in the DP camp, Alive learned that they had all been murdered in Auschwitz. Also at the camp, she met Hans Finke, a fellow German Jewish relief worker, and they married there in 1948. Hans survived internment in Monowitz, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Flossenberg, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. His parents were murdered in Auschwitz and his sister survived in hiding. Hans was at Bergen-Belsen when it was liberated. An electrician by trade, he began working for the British Army and then various aid groups. Alice and John left for America in late August 1949, so that their first child would not be born on German soil. Their daughter was born that September in Chicago.

use:  1946-approximately 1948
use: DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen; Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Lapel pins (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice and John Fink
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:31
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