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Star of David badge printed Jood worn by German Jewish boy

Object | Accession Number: 1989.251.8

Yellow cloth Star of David patch, with Jood for Jew, worn by Rene W. Schonfeldt, 10, in German occupied Netherlands beginning April 29, 1942, when he was interned in Westerbork transit camp. Jews were required to wear the badges to separate them from the general population, make them easy to identify, and humiliate them and signify their inferiority. Soon after Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, Rene's parents Hans and Hanna fled Berlin with their infant son to Hilversum, Netherlands. In May 1940, Germany occupied the Netherlands. In January 1942, Rene and his parents were interned in Westerbork transit camp. In September 1944, they were deported to Theresienstadt. Soon after their arrival, his father was sent to Auschwitz and murdered. Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. Rene and his mother were repatriated to the Netherlands. They left for America in 1948.

use:  1942 April 29-1945 May 09
received: Westerbork (Concentration camp); Westerbork (Netherlands)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Barbara and Ronald W. Schonfeld In memory of Hans Schönfeldt
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:54:45
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