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Dress with Nazi eagle and swastika made from a food sack

Object | Accession Number: 2000.591.1

*Determined to be inauthentic and placed with the study collection* White dress with a stencilled Reichsadler and swastika insignia that might have been worn in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, during the war. The dress appears to be a repurposed food sack, as it has the text, Naval food supply, stencilled on the back. There was a slave labor camp in the city, Wilhelmshaven-Banter Weg, also known as Kriegsmarinewerft (Naval Shipyards) that existed from September 1944 to April 1945 when the camp was evacuated by death march. The camp held about 1000 male prisoners who were assigned to workshops in the Naval shipyard. The death rate was high as shipyard management included fanatical Nazis who felt the prisoners must be killed. Camp clothing was regulated. Specially marked civilian clothing was sometimes worn, but makeshift garments such as this were unlikely.

Date
approximately 1942-approximately 1945  (use)
Geography
use : Wilhelmshaven (Concentration camp); Wilhelmshaven (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Dresses (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shelter Island Historical Society
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Record last modified: 2018-11-08 11:50:39
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