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

Object | Accession Number: 2008.319.3

Identification tag issued to three-year-old Georges Maringer in 1944 while in the care of a children’s home in Switzerland run by Margaret Locher, after escaping France with his mother, Irene, and father, Simon. The tag is engraved with his name and birthdate, the name of his foster parent, and the address of the home. Georges was born in France, to Jewish parents, Simon and Irene Maringer. Simon completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Zurich in 1936, and began attending medical courses in Brussels. Simon and Irene were forced to flee Belgium in 1940, after the German invasion. On December 1, 1941, Irene gave birth to their son, Georges, in L'Isle Jourdain, just outside of Toulouse. Fearing arrest and deportation, they moved around until September 1942, when they crossed the border into Switzerland. The family stayed together at Les Avants refugee camp, where they became acquainted with Tonia Lechtmann. In August 1943, Georges was placed the care of Margaret Locher, who ran a home near Zurich named “Rebhaus” for Jewish children whose parents were in internment or refugee camps. Among Georges’ foster siblings were Vera and Marcel Lechtman, the children of Tonia, and Marc Hoffmann. Simon worked in a series of camps as a doctor, and in May 1944 moved to Basel to complete his medical education. Irene was sent to women’s camps until June 1944, when she spent two months working for Margaret at the children’s home. Irene followed Simon to Basel in September 1945, and Georges joined them that same year in November. The family lived in Basel until 1948, when they immigrated to the United States.

manufacture:  1944
use:  1944-before 1945 November
issue: Küsnacht (Switzerland)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Lechtman
Record last modified: 2022-05-23 13:28:43
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