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White patch with prisoner number 82609 worn by German Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0274.2

White cloth badge with his prisoner number 82609 worn by Hermann Naidorf, who was a prisoner in Kaiserwald, Stuffhof, Buchenwald, and Bochum concentration camps from November 1943 until liberated on a death march on April 13, 1945. Hermann, 13, and his parents Frieda and Simon lived in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, Simon, who was Polish, was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. In March 1941, they received an urn with his father's ashes. In February 1942, Hermann and Frieda were deported to Riga ghetto in German occupied Latvia. In late 1943, they were sent to Kaiserwald concentration camp and separated. In August 1944, Hermann was transferred to Stuffhof, and then to Buchenwald and Bochum in Germany. The camp was evacuated in April 1945 as Allied forces closed in. Hermann escaped and hid during a death march. On April 13, he was liberated by African American troops. Hermann searched for family, but found no survivors. His mother had been shot in Kaiserwald on July 28, 1944. Hermann found an uncle who had immigrated to Colombia before the war and went there in 1948.

use:  approximately 1942-1945 May
use: Stutthof (Concentration camp); Sztutowo (Poland)
use: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
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Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Herman Neudorf
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:43
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