Yellow Star of David badge with the letter J worn by a Belgian Jewish boy
approximately 1942-approximately 1944
- Object Type
Star of David badges (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Frank Siegel
Star of David patch worn by Francois Zygielman, 9, in German occupied Belgium. Belgium was invaded by Germany in May 1940. In 1942, a Judenstern badge had to worn by all Jews over age six on the outer clothing at all times. Francois's mother Rosa sewed this star to his jacket. In October 1942, Rosa was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp and murdered. Francois and his father Cudyk went into hiding in separate locations. Cudyk remained in Brussels, but Francois was moved several times, from Madame Pierlot's home, to a Catholic orphanage, and then, in late 1943, with the help of Abbe Joseph Andre, to a home in Ciney. Belgium was liberated in September 1944 and Cudyk came to get Francois. Cudyk and Francois left for America in 1949.
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Also in Frank Siegel family collection
The collection consists of a Star of David badge, correspondence, and photographs relating to the experiences of Francois Zygielman (later Frank Siegel) and his family in Belgium during and after the Holocaust.
The Frank Siegel papers measure 0.5 linear foot and date from 1922-1948. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, and photographs documenting Frank Siegel’s parents and their families in Poland and Belgium before the war, his mother’s deportation to Auschwitz, and his relationship with his father in Belgium after the war.