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Nazi red flag with a swastika with a price tag found by a US soldier in an abandoned German store

Object | Accession Number: 2008.389.1 a-b

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    Brief Narrative
    German flag with a swastika flag with a price tag found by a US Army soldier in an abandoned department store in Germany near the end of World War II in May 1945. The price tag was for the Kaufhof Department Store, part of a Jewish owned chain of stores founded by Leonard Tietz, whose family had pioneered the department store concept in Germany in the 1880s. The stores were Aryanized in 1933 when the Nazi government forced the family to sell their shares at a reduced value to non-Jewish government approved buyers.
    found:  approximately 1945 May
    found: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jeffrey M. Weir
    b. front, top, black ink : KAUFHOF
    b. front, lower center, faded black ink : [2]08 [2] / 82 7 / 4 55 / 120 [5]0
    Distributor: Kaufhof Warenhaus AG

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Flags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    a. Rectangular, red cloth flag with a white cloth circle with a screenprinted black swastika sewn slightly off center. Two cloth circles are sewn together back to back, so the swastika would be visible on both sides. The center of the red cloth was cut out to insert the 21.375 inch diameter circles. The hoist side is on a short end and has a double-stitched 3 in. channel. The opposite edge is hemmed and the long edges are selvage.
    b. Square, light brown cardboard tag with angled corners. The front has preprinted German text and numerical prices within an outlined black border. There are 6 small holes near the top with white thread woven through 4 holes. The reverse is blank. The tag was previously sewn to the flag.
    a: Height: 46.625 inches (118.428 cm) | Width: 30.750 inches (78.105 cm)
    b: Height: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm) | Width: 0.875 inches (2.223 cm)
    a : cloth, dye
    b : cardboard, ink, thread

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    The flag and price tag were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Jeffrey Weir.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-06 10:15:48
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