Star of David necklace made by former Jewish slave laborer and given to a US soldier
before 1945 April
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marvin Dorf
Star of David beaded necklace given to Marvin Dorf, a US soldier, by a young girl who was one of the prisoners on a train loaded with Jewish slave laborers liberated by American troops in spring 1945 near Munich, Germany. Dorf was a member of the 12th Armored, 92nd Cavalry Reconnaisance Squadron, which was "informed by friendly Germans that there was a trainload of Jewish slave workers being transported from the munitions factory where they had worked and were being taken deeper into Germany. The train was attacked by U.S. planes (not knowing who was on the train) and the engine wrecked so the train could not continue. Dorf prevailed upon his Captain to take a patrol to rescue whoever was on the train. The German guards ran away and when they opened the doors of the train there were very grateful survivors of the slave labor camps. They gave them what food they had on them and told them to go to the nearby town to get food from the inhabitants. .... a young girl who was so grateful to Mr. Dorf for saving her wanted to give him a present. The only thing she had was a Jewish star made out of little beads which she had made (if the Germans had discovered this they would have killed her) .... Letter from donor: "I can only tell you that when we found the young girl who gave me the beaded Star of David, it was 1945 and we were close to Munich. She was one of many Jews we liberated from a train which was ... probably headed for a concentration camp or another factory. I believe she was Polish, and was with her younger sister who was badly wounded in a munitions factory accident."
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