French Army ID tag worn by a Jewish Lithuanian emigre soldier
- Object Type
Military dog tags (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Genya Markon
Dog tag issued to Owsiez (Alexander) Markon, a Jewish emigre from Lithuania, when he served in the French Army from 1927-29. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, France declared war on Germany. Alexander was recalled to the Army and served ten months on the Maginot Line. Germany invaded France in May 1940. After the surrender of France in June, Alexander was demobilized. He joined his wife, Raya, who had fled to Toulouse, where their son Alain was born in June 1941. The couple applied for US visas and received them in 1942. The family sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, and arrived in America in November 1942.
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Also in Alexander and Raya Magid Markon family collection
The collection consists of a dog tag, correspondence, documents, identification cards, and photographs relating to Alexander and Raya Magid Markon and their son Alain during and after the Holocaust when the family left German occupied France for the United States. Some of these materials may be unified into a single collection in the future.
Consists of one photograph of Alain Markon [donor's brother], at one year old in Toulouse, France.
Contains a letter written by Raya Markon imploring her first cousin for help to get her family out of Vichy, France.
The papers consist of documents, identification cards, photographs, and correspondence relating to the Markon family during the Holocaust.
Collection of pre-war and wartime photographs of Alexander and Raya Magid Markon (donor's parents) and their son Alain (donor's brother) who was born in Toulouse in 1941. Included in the collection are photos of Alexander in the French Army, Raya in Wilno (Vilnius), Alexander in France before the war, and Alain in Toulouse in 1941; and one photo of Alexander and Raya in Marseille in September 1942 prior to their departure for the United States. Also includes a photo of Katia Magid and Fanya Schuster (donor's aunts) in Cuba, where they went to wait for their visas to enter the United States, which took three years to obtain. Their first cousin Lilian Epstein is in the photo, having come to Cuba to visit them. Also includes a letter from Paris dated April 15, 1945 and envelope.