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

Object | Accession Number: 2008.319.4

Identification tag issued to five-year-old Marc Hoffmann in 1944 while in the care of a children’s home in Switzerland run by Margaret Locher, after escaping France with his mother, Helene, and father, Charles. The tag is engraved with his name and birthdate, the name of his foster parent, and the address of the home. Marc was born in Paris, France, to Polish parents. In the summer of 1942, fearing arrest and deportation, the family submitted a declaration for admission to Switzerland. They did not receive approval, and illegally crossed the border in October. They were placed together in Camp Les Charmilles in Geneva until November 11, when Marc was placed at the Wartheim children’s home. He stayed there until July 19, 1943, when he was placed in 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 Marc’s foster siblings were Vera and Marcel Lechtman, and Georges Maringer. Charles was moved around to multiple camps within Switzerland until May 1945, when he escaped and illegally crossed the border back into France. Helene was also transferred among multiple camps, and while being held completed a course and internship as a seamstress. Helene returned to France in March 1946, but Marc had to stay behind for health reasons. He was permitted to return to France that September.

use:  1944-before 1946 September
manufacture:  1944
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: 2022-07-28 21:51:05
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