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Purple armband with a V to identify a prisoner from Flanders

Object | Accession Number: 2005.506.10

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    Brief Narrative
    Purple armband with a V in fraktur font for Vlaamse [Flemish] to identify a prisoner from the Flanders region of Belgium. Nazi Germany had many systems using armbands or badges to identify a particular group of people, in this case, a Flemish person. These systems made it easier to separate the different types of prisoners from other groups. This was often done to indicate the different levels of privileges or restrictions that were allowed to the group or individual.
    use:  approximately 1940-1945
    issue: Germany
    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.

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Armbands (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, light purple linen armband with the letter V in fraktur font embroidered in white thread in the front center. The band is sewn together by the short edges with a finished back seam. The upper and lower long edges are selvage. There is a faded, official circular stamp with German text stamped in black ink on each side of the V.
    overall: Height: 4.125 inches (10.478 cm) | Width: 7.500 inches (19.05 cm)
    overall : cloth, thread, ink
    front center, embroidered, white thread : V [Vlaamse (Flemish)]
    front left and right,, within both circular stamps, black ink : W. S. Leichtung / Wiener Leichtung [some letters illegible]

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    Administrative Notes

    The purple armband was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005.
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    2023-01-19 13:41:35
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