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Star of David badge imprinted with Jude worn by a German Jewish man

Object | Accession Number: 2012.299.2

Star of David badge worn by Adolf Daniel de Beer in Oldenburg, Germany. Adolf was president of the synagogue in Oldenburg and operated a large laundry with branches outside the city. In January 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany and instituted government policies to persecute Jews. People were encouraged to boycott Jewish businesses and, in August 1936, Adolf closed his stores. The synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938. Adolf's wife, Mathilde, had converted to Judaism prior to their marriage and was issued the identification card of a non-Jew. They left Oldenburg and moved to Hamburg where Mathilde had family. Adolf lived in hiding and Mathilde kept them fed and housed throughout the war, during which Hamburg was destroyed by Allied bombing. After the war ended in early May 1945, the couple returned to Oldenburg. Most of their family members perished during the Holocaust.

use:  approximately 1942
use: Oldenburg (Germany)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Abraham Levi
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:27
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