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Waffen SS red fez acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2003.173.1

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Red fez that was part of the dress uniform of a Waffen-SS military detachment composed of Muslims from Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina in occupied Yugoslavia, woth one divison from Albania. There was a field gray fez for the combat uniform. The creation of this unit was authorized by Hitler in 1943. The original purpose was to combat Tito’s partisans. Through recruitment and conscription, the unit had 26,000 soldiers within a few months. The group was commanded by German or ethnic German officers, and the uniforms were designed to reflect the religion/ethnicity of the recruits.
    Date
    found:  approximately 1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anonymous
    Contributor
    Subject: Anonymous
    Issuer: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Dress Accessories
    Category
    Headgear
    Object Type
    Fezes (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Dark red felt fez with a flat circular top, a cylindrical body that widens at the bottom, and a tassel of 7 inch black cord. The top knot of the tassel is inserted into a 1 inch felt tube sewn on the top center. Two insignia patches are sewn on the front center: a 2nd pattern Waffen SS Reichsadler, a right facing eagle with angular, outspread wings clutching an oak leaf wreath with a swastika above a 1934 pattern Totenkopf, [Death's head], a left facing skull and crossbones, both machine embroidered in silver thread on black rayon backing. A textured, brown leather sweatband is stitched along 1 edge to the bottom interior brim with red thread. The felt has pockmarked sections on the top.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.625 inches (9.208 cm) | Width: 7.125 inches (18.097 cm) | Depth: 7.625 inches (19.368 cm)
    Materials
    overall : wool, cloth, leather, thread
    : cord

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Waffen-SS

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The fez was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by an anonymous donor.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2024-05-10 14:11:58
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