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Unused Star of David badge with Juif acquired by a Jewish chaplain, US Army

Object | Accession Number: 1990.54.1

Cloth rectangle with a Star of David badge imprinted Juif given to Rabbi Judah Nadich in Paris after liberation. Seeking out surviving members of the Jewish community, Nadich drove his jeep with his Jewish chaplain's insignia into the prewar Jewish neighborhood and soon a crowd gathered. Most had survived the war in hiding and Nadich was their first contact with the outside Jewish world. They gave him a batch of the yellow star badges that Jews in France had been forced to wear as a mark of humiliation from March 27, 1942. See 1988.39.1-3, 1990.54.2-4, and 1994.a.0250.2 for 7 other badges he received. Nadich, a Jewish chaplain in the US Army from 1942-1946, arrived in Paris just after liberation on August 24, 1944. In August 1945, Lt. Colonel Nadich, Senior Jewish Chaplain, European Theater, was stationed at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces, as the first Advisor on Jewish Affairs to General Eisenhower. He was assigned to investigate conditions of Jewish refugees at displaced persons camps in the American occupation zone. Nadich found conditions horrifying with severe overcrowding, insufficient food, and barbed wire enclosed camps that residents were not permitted to leave. In addition to improvements in conditions, Nadich convinced Eisenhower to reconsider the Allied policy of sending refugees back to their native countries, explaining how unthinkable that was for survivors whose entire families had been murdered in those homelands.

Date
1944 August-1944 September  (received)
Geography
received : Paris (France)
Language
French
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rabbi Judah Nadich
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