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Waffen SS red fez found at Dachau concentration camp after liberation

Object | Accession Number: 1992.212.2

Red fez with a swastika and Death's head owned by Rabbi Aaron Landes. The fez was found at Dachau concentration camp in Germany following the April 29 liberation by US troops. The red fez was part of the dress uniform of a Waffen-SS military detachment composed of Muslims from Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina in occupied Yugoslavia, with one division from Albania. There was a green/field grey fez for the combat uniform. The creation of this unit was authorized by Hitler in 1943. The original purpose was to combat Tito’s partisans. Through recruitment and conscription, the unit had 26,000 soldiers within a few months. The group was commanded by German or ethnic German officers, and the uniforms were designed to reflect the religion/ethnicity of the recruits.

Date
after 1945 April 29  (found)
Geography
found : Dachau (Concentration camp) after liberation; Dachau (Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Fezes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Aaron Landes
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:14
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