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Button from a World War I British military uniform found in the sand by a young Jewish refugee in Belgium

Object | Accession Number: 2005.379.12

Button with the Royal Coat of Arms found by 10 year old old Joseph Schadur in the sand dunes near Oostduinkerke, Belgium, where he and his sister spent summer vacations. The button is from the uniform of a British soldier from the First World War. Joseph's father, Michel, left Germany in 1935 because the Nazi government's anti-Jewish policies were making it dangerous to live there. His wife, Manja, their 2 children, Joseph and his 4 year old sister, Benita, and his mother joined him in Antwerp, Belgium, in January 1936. After the Germans occupied Belgium in May 1940, the family was forced to flee once more. Traveling by private car, they eventually made their way to Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed for New York on board the SS Exeter on February 21, 1941.

found:  1938 August
emigration:  1941 February 21
found: Oostduinkerke (Belgium)
Tools and Equipment
Object Type
Metal buttons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Shadur
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:22
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