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Metal ID badge with number 87308 issued to a Jewish prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 2010.494.3

Shield shaped, metal identification badge with prisoner number 87308 issued to 27-year-old Karl Schlesinger in Dachau concentration camp in August 1944. It is painted yellow and red to identify Karl as a Jew. By May 1939, Karl had fled Nazi Germany for Belgium. He was imprisoned twice by the Belgians, first as an illegal Jewish refugee, then as a German spy. He was sent to a military hospital in France and when Germany occupied that country in June 1940, he was transferred to St-Cyprien and Gurs internment camps. In August 1942, Karl was deported to Trezbinia concentration camp, then to Auschwitz, where he was tattooed with 160304. In November 1943, he was sent to Warsaw to clean the ghetto after the failed uprising. When Soviet troops approached in July 1944, he was forced on a death march and sent by train to Dachau, then Allach. He was liberated on a train on April 29 in Starnberger See by an American tank division. He traveled to Feldalfing and other dp camps where he heard that his parents were alive in Berlin. After two tries, he illegally crossed into the Soviet sector to find them. Karl reunited with his parents, Philipp and Johanna, in Berlin that November.

use:  1944 August-1945 April
issue: Dachau (Concentration camp); Dachau (Germany)
Identifying Artifacts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Karl Schlesinger
Record last modified: 2022-06-14 12:12:48
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