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Unused Star of David badge with Jude for Jew owned by a young woman assigned to forced labor

Object | Accession Number: 2006.473.2

Yellow cloth Star of David badge, not yet cut from square, received but not used by Ruth Kittel, her sister, Hannelore, or their Jewish mother, Marie, while living with their Catholic father Josef under the Nazi dictatorship in Berlin, Germany. On September 19, 1941, 14 year old Ruth picked up government mandated Judenstern from the Office of the Jewish Organization because she, Hannelore, 17, and Maria had to wear one at all times to identify themselves as Jewish. In spring 1942, her Jewish school closed, and Ruth had to register as a forced laborer with the Work Office for Jews. In November, Ruth was assigned to the Osram light bulb factory. On February 27, 1943, she was taken from Osram and transported to two collection camps untile her release on March 6. Ruth returned in May to her forced labor detail. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Ruth, Hannelore, Maria, and Josef immigrated to the US on August 26, 1946.

Date
approximately 1941 September 19  (issue)
Geography
issue : Berlin (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ron and Susan Miller
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:35
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