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German prisoner ID tag issued to a Jewish US soldier and POW

Object | Accession Number: 2011.398.2

German prisoner identification tag worn by Norman Fellman, a US soldier imprisoned at Stalag IX-B prisoner of war camp and Berga slave labor camp from January to April 1945. Norman was a scout in Company B, 275th regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On January 6, 1945, the company surrendered to the German Army. Norman, 21, was sent to Stalag IX-B and separated from the other soldiers because he was Jewish. In February, he was transferred to Berga, a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp. Norman was forced to remove blast debris from underground tunnels and pack explosive charges. In early April, the prisoners were sent on a death march and were liberated on April 20, by the 90th Infantry Division. Norman was required by the Army to sign an affidavit agreeing not to speak about his slave labor experiences. In 2009, the Army finally acknowledged that US soldiers were incarcerated in a German slave labor camp

Date
1945 January-1945 April  (use)
Geography
use : Berga (Concentration camp); Berga am Elster (Thuringia, Germany)
use : Stalag IX B; Bad Orb (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Norman and Ruth Fellman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:29
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