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German prisoner of war identification tag worn by a Jewish soldier in the Polish Army

Object | Accession Number: 2007.34.2

Identification tag issued to Wiktor Lerhaft, a Polish soldier who was imprisoned in Oflag XI, a German prisoner of war (POW) camp from 1939-1945. In September 1939, the Germans invaded Poland and Wiktor was mobilized as a lieutenant in the Polish army. The Germans took him prisoner and he spent the remainder of the war in Oflag [Stalag] XI. A, a POW camp in Altengrabow, Germany. The war ended in May 1945 and Wiktor returned to Krakow. He reunited with his daughter, Roza, who had been deported from the Krakow ghetto in January 1943, and had survived several concentration camps. All of their family members, except one of Wiktor’s sisters, were killed during the Holocaust. Since antisemitism was so intense in Poland, they left for a displaced persons camp in Wiesbaden, Germany. They emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Date
1939-1945  (use)
Geography
issue : Stalag XI-A; Altengrabow (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Labels
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rosalyn Orenstein
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:43
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