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Unused forced labor badge, yellow with a purple P, to identify a Polish forced laborer

Object | Accession Number: 2005.506.6

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    Brief Narrative
    Unused forced labor badge, yellow with a purple P and a purple border, that would be worn to identify a Polish forced laborer in Nazi Germany. German regulations required the workers to wear the badge with the purple band visible around the P on the right chest to keep them separate from the German populace. During the German occupation of Poland, 1939-1945, many non-Jewish Polish people were sent to Germany as conscript labor for civilian labor details on farms and factories. Workers sometimes volunteered for the forced labor service, but the majority were forcibly recruited and conditions worsened as the war continued. The German work force was depleted by the war and unpaid foreign workers were needed to keep the economy functioning.
    issue:  approximately 1940-1945
    issue: Poland
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    front center, purple dye : P

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Nearly square, white cotton cloth badge screen printed on the front with an upper case purple letter P within a yellow square that is outlined in purple. The badge would be worn in diamond orientation. This badge has gray paper remnants glued to the back, and dark adhesive stains, but it appears unused and has unevenly cut edges. The badge would be cut from a cloth containing several badges.
    overall: Height: 2.875 inches (7.303 cm) | Width: 2.375 inches (6.033 cm)
    overall : cotton, dye, paper, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The forced labor badge was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005.
    Record last modified:
    2023-04-13 13:47:22
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