Two unused Star of David badges with a J issued to a Jewish family
- Object Type
Star of David badges (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anna Levendel
Star of David badges distributed to Herman and Gizela Levendel in Belgium in June 1942, but never cut out and used. Nazi Germany occupied Belgium in May 1940 and immediately enacted anti-Jewish laws. As the persecution of the Jews increased, the Levendel family was forced to go into hiding, often moving from region to region, assisted by the underground resistance. Herman and Gizela were able to obtain false identification cards, but their 3 children had to remain hidden. Anna, b. 1933, and Lea, b. 1931, were able to stay together during this period, but their brother, Zvi, b. 1929, sometimes had to be hidden separately. In September 1944, Brussels was liberated and eventually the entire country was free. The family was reunited but not long after the war, Gizela and Herman divorced. Herman and Anna, the youngest child, remained in Antwerp; Gizela and the 2 older children emigrated to Israel.
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Also in Anna Levendel family collection
The collection consists of artifacts, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Herman and Gizela Levendel and their children, Anna, Lea, and Zvi who lived in hiding in German occupied Belgium during the Holocaust.
Documents and photographs illustrating the experiences of the Levendel family during Nazi occupation in Belgium. Included are false identity cards for Herman and Gizela [donor’s parents], birth certificate for Anna, correspondence from relatives in Romania and photographs of Anna, her older siblings, Zvi and Lea, their parents and extended family in Belgium and Romania. Also included are two photographs of rescuers Max Migeotte, Fanard and Lila who aided the family, at times hiding the children.