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Unused Star of David badge with Juif owned by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2010.502.2

Cloth rectangle with an uncut Star of David outline that belonged to Jacob Barosin. This is the type of badge that Jews in German occupied France were required to beginning June 1942. Sheets of cloth with the badge imprint were available for people to purchase in the needed quantity. They would cut out the badge for use. The badges were meant to humiliate, separate, and exclude Jews from society. Jacob and his wife Sonia fled to France from Nazi Germany in 1933. Germany invaded France on May 10, 1940, and on May 18 Jacob and Sonia were arrested by the French as enemy aliens. Sonia was sent to Gurs internment camp and Jacob to a French military camp. France surrendered in June and Germany occupied the north. Jacob was reclassified as a foreign agricultural laborer and found work on a farm in Frojac, where Sonia joined him in the fall. On February 17,1943, Jacob was interned in Gurs, and in March sent to a labor camp in Gignac. When he was given a 2-day travel pass on April 17, he rejoined Sonia in Frojac and they went into hiding with the help of the villagers. When their hiding place was nearly discovered, they decided to get false papers and return to Paris. They were hidden in Paris by Madame Mallet, the Gentile mother-in-law of Jacob's cousin. They remained with her until the liberation of Paris in late August 1944. The couple emigrated to the United States in 1947.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Garik and Katherine Greenblatt
Record last modified: 2019-12-05 20:55:59
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