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Plastic Star of David button worn to identify a Bulgarian Jew

Object | Accession Number: 2007.446.1

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    Plastic Star of David button worn to identify a Bulgarian Jew
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    Brief Narrative
    Star of David button made of Bakelite that Linka Nathan, or her mother, Rebecca, were required to wear to identify them as Jews in Sliven and Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1942-1944. Her father, Jacques was issued a circular, yellow button to identify him as a veteran of World War I. Beginning in July 1940, the Bulgarian government initiated anti-Semitic legislation that prohibited Jews from holding certain jobs, living in certain areas, or marrying non-Jews. Linka's father was one of the attorneys selected to interpret the new legislation to members of the Jewish community in Sofia.
    Date
    use:  1942-1944
    Geography
    use: Sliven (Bulgaria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Berto and Linka Behar
    Contributor
    Subject: Linka Behar
    Biography
    Linka Nathan was born on February 10, 1925, in Bulgaria. Her father, Jacques, was a veteran of World War I, 1914-1918, and a lawyer. After Bulgaria began instituting anti-Semitic legislation in July 1940, her father was chosen as one of two attorneys to interpret the anti-Jewish laws for the Jewish community in Sofia. The family were residents of Sofia except for the period from 1942 until September 1944, when they lived in Sliven. Linka was married to Berto Behar, who was born on November 8, 1923. He was imprisoned in three forced labor camps, Burgase and twoothers, during World War II.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Physical Description
    Yellow Bakelite button in the shape of a 6-pointed Star of David incised on the front with black lines that form the outline of a Star of David. The end points of each arm of the star have been cut straight. There are 2 holes in the center with black thread through the holes.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    Materials
    overall : bakelite (tm), thread, paint

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Star of David button was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Berto and Linka Behar.
    Record last modified:
    2023-12-06 14:00:43
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