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Cardboard backed Star of David badge worn by a Jewish Romanian forced laborer

Object | Accession Number: 2011.205.1

Yellow cloth Star of David badge worn by Ancsel Feuerwerker (later Arthur Feuer) while serving in a Hungarian forced labor battalion in Szaszregen (Reghin), Romania, from October 1942 to September 1944. Ancsel, his parents, 7 siblings, and many relatives lived in Craciunesti, Romania, an area of northern Transylvania ceded to Hungary, a German ally, in August 1940, as part of the second Vienna Award. In October 1942, Ancsel was conscripted into a labor battalion based in Szaszregen (Reghin), Romania. Ancsel’s battalion put-up tar-covered telephone poles for 8 or 9 months, and was then moved to the Eastern Front, where they dug trenches for the Hungarian soldiers fighting the Soviet army. In March 1944, Germany invaded Hungary. In September, German authorities ordered the guards at Ancsel’s camp to march the laborers toward Germany. After many days of marching endlessly and sleeping in fields, Ancsel decided not to get up and keep marching. The guards did not notice his absence and he was able to make his way to a nearby town. He hid there until the area was liberated by the Soviet army in October. He returned to Craciunesti, but was unable to reunite with his surviving family members until summer 1945. His parents, 2 siblings, and many relatives were killed at Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps in 1944. Ancsel, his fiancé Kato Roth (Kathy Feuer), and his siblings immigrated to the United States in 1949.

use:  1942 October-1944 September
use: Reghin (Romania)
Identifying Artifacts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arthur Feuer
Record last modified: 2023-07-10 11:40:29
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