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Star of David badge with letter J owned by Jewish Belgian couple

Object | Accession Number: 2003.318.3

Star of David badge worn by Lea or Mendel Abramowicz in Brussels, Belgium, until the couple went into hiding in September 1942. On May 27, 1942, the German authorities decreed that all Belgian Jews had to wear a Star of David badge to identify them as Jews. Belgium was invaded by Nazi Germany on May 10, 1940. After the Germans began large scale deportations of Jews in September 1942, the couple went into hiding under the false surname Abeloos. One month later, Lea had a son, Georges, who was hidden separately. Lea and Mendel stayed in their apartment for a year and a half, then moved to the outskirts of Brussels, assisted by Oskar and Nana Ruyts. Lea eventually had to take Georges into hiding with them because he was teething and cried at night and those hiding him feared discovery. They had to move two more times as the crying made neighbors suspicious. Lea, Mendel, and Georges were liberated by American forces on September 3, 1944.

use:  after 1942 May-1942 September
use: Brussels (Belgium)
Identifying Artifacts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Myriam Abramowicz
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:10:53
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