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Concentration camp uniform jacket issued to a Polish Christian inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1991.160.3

Blue and gray striped concentration camp uniform jacket worn by Julian Noga, a Polish Catholic prisoner of Flössenberg concentration camp from August 1942 - April 1945. It has a replica patch, with his prisoner number P1623, and an inverted red triangle, identifying him as a political prisoner. Julian, a Polish Catholic from Skrzynka, found a Polish Army rifle two months after Germany occupied Poland in September 1939. It was illegal to keep weapons, and Julian was reported. In December, he was sent to Austria as a forced laborer for the Greinegger farm near Michaelnbach. Julian, 18, and the farmer’s daughter, Frieda, 17, fell in love. Under German racial purity laws, it was forbidden for an Aryan, like Frieda, to associate with a racially inferior non-Aryan, like Julian. Frieda's father separated them, and they met secretly. In September 1941, their meetings were reported and they were arrested. Frieda was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp; about a year later, her father paid for her release. Julian was jailed in Linz and did forced labor in Wels. In August 1942, he was sent to Flossenburg, where he worked in the stone quarry. On April 20, 1945, the camp was evacuated and the inmates sent on a death march to Dachau. On April 23, Julian was liberated by US soldiers of the 97th Infantry. Germany surrendered in May and Julian and Frieda were reunited. They married in 1946 and, in 1948, the couple and their daughter left for the US.

Date
1942 August-1945 April  (use)
Geography
use : Flossenburg (Concentration camp); Flossenburg (Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Frieda and Julian Noga
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:20
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