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Joodsche Raad armband worn by a German Jewish aide in a transit camp

Object | Accession Number: 2004.707.2

Joosche Raad (Jewish Council) stenciled white cloth armband worn by Eric Zielenziger, 22, while working in Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands from December 1942 to March 1943. He worked on behalf of the emigration department of the Amsterdam Joodsche Raad and traveled between the city and the camp. In March, German authorities told Eric he could no longer travel between the two and Eric decided to stay in Amsterdam. In September 1943, Eric’s parents, Kurt and Lilly, were sent to Westerbork. That October, Eric went into hiding in the home of Frits and Jacoba Blom. The winter of 1944 was the Great Hunger. The Bloms had no food to spare so, in December 1944, Eric moved into hiding with family friends, Arthur and Grete Connor. On May 5, 1945, Amsterdam was liberated by Canadian forces. After the war, Eric learned that his father had died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in July 1944. His mother Lilly was liberated in April 1945 by the Soviet Army on the Lost Train en route to Theresienstadt, but died In May of typhus. In 1977, Jacoba and Frits Blom were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Date
1942 December-1943 March  (use)
Geography
use : Westerbork (Concentration camp); Westerbork (Netherlands)
use : Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Language
Dutch
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Armbands
Object Type
Armbands (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric W. Zielenziger
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