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Star of David badge printed Juif worn by a Jew in France

Object | Accession Number: 2004.331.2

Star of David badge given to Dr. Witek Sierpinski after June 1942 by a Jewish friend who had worn it in France. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, Witek worked in a psychiatric hospital in Lvov, Poland (Lʹviv, Ukraine). In November 1941, he moved to the Warsaw ghetto and joined the Towarzystwo Ochrony Zdrowia Ludnosci Zydowskiej w Polsce (TOZ), a ghetto health organization that helped the sick and starving. A former co-worker got him out of the ghetto. By 1942, he was active in various Polish resistance groups, particularly the Armia Ludowa [People’s Guard] (AL). He recruited medical professionals, trained aides, and provided care to AL fighters. In 1944, Witek illegally shared a room where he hid weapons and illegal literature, with Wiera Baksztanska, a Polish Jew living under a false identity. He returned to Warsaw which was liberated by the Soviets on January 17, 1945. Witek reunited with Wiera and the couple married.

Date
approximately 1942 June-1944 August 25  (use)
Geography
use : France
Language
French
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wiera Sierpinska
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:12
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