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Button from his military uniform given by a British soldier to a young Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2005.379.13

Button with the Royal Coat of Arms which a British soldier pulled off his greatcoat and gave to 12 year old old Joseph Schadur on May 16, 1940, in Le Parcq, France. Joseph and his family had just fled Belgium following the Germany invasion.They stopped to consider their route in Le Parcq where they met a large number of British troops. When Joseph's father told one soldier that he was thinking of going toward Dunkirk on the coast, the soldier advised him to go south. He gave him gasoline saying that he did not need it since they were heading across the Channel. 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.

Date
1940 May 16  (received)
1941 February 21  (emigration)
Geography
received : La Parcq (France)
Language
English
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Category
Fasteners
Object Type
Metal buttons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Shadur
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:23
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