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Identification tag with his name and birthdate issued to a Jewish refugee child

Object | Accession Number: 2008.319.2

Identification tag issued to 4 year old Marcel Lechtman in 1944 when he was placed in a children’s home in Switzerland after escaping France with his family. The tag is engraved with his name and birthdate, the name of the matron of the home, and other identifying information. Marcel, his mother, Tonia, and his older sister, Vera, were arrested by the French police in 1942 and sent to the Nexon internment camp. A friend was able to arrange their release and they went into hiding before escaping to Switzerland. After a brief stay in a refugee camp, Vera and Marcel were sent to a children’s home run by Margaret Locher. In 1945, after the war's end, the family moved to Poland, Tonia's native country.

Date
1944  (issue)
Geography
use : Locher children's home; Zurich (Switzerland : Canton)
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Labels
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Lechtman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:47
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