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German military identification tag given to a Danish resistance member

Object | Accession Number: 1989.297.2.1

The German military dog tag was acquired by Knud Dyby while he was a member in several Danish underground resistance organizations during World War II. The dog tag originally belonged to one of five German Wehrmacht soldiers who surrendered their uniforms, weapons, and identification tags to Dyby in 1944 or early 1945. These men were originally international circus artists who wished to become refugees in Sweden rather than fight the Soviets during the winter along the Eastern Front. They and Dyby agreed that the uniforms could be useful to the resistance movement. The tag has a row of three, horizontal slits cut across the center line, allowing the tag to easily be snapped in half. This would create two identical tags used to identify a deceased or unconscious soldier; one half kept with the soldier and the second used for administrative purposes. Dyby worked with the Danish underground during the German occupation of Denmark. He used knowledge and skills gained from his prewar printing and advertising business, sailing expertise, and King’s Royal Guard service as well as his wartime position with the Danish police force to transmit intelligence data and arrange for boats to ferry refugees, including Jewish families, from Denmark to Sweden. He immigrated to the United States after the war.

Date
acquired:  1944-1945
Geography
acquired: Denmark
Language
German
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Genre/Form
Dog tags.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Knud Dyby
 
Record last modified: 2022-03-25 13:19:30
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