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Waffen SS red fez found at Dachau concentration camp after liberation

Object | Accession Number: 1992.212.2

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    Waffen SS red fez found at Dachau concentration camp after liberation


    Brief Narrative
    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 gray 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.
    found:  after 1945 April 29
    found: Dachau (Concentration camp) after liberation; Dachau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Aaron Landes

    Physical Details

    Dress Accessories
    Object Type
    Fezes (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Red felt fez with a black tassel. The front of the cap has two patched embroidered in silver thread: the top patch is in the shape of a Reichsadler, a sinistra eagle with outstretched wings holding a wreath encircling a swastika in its talons. Below this is a Totenkopf [a Death’s head], or skull and crossbones.
    overall: Height: 7.500 inches (19.05 cm) | Width: 4.250 inches (10.795 cm) | Depth: 7.000 inches (17.78 cm)
    overall : wool, leather, metal, cord

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    Administrative Notes

    The fez was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1992 by Rabbi Aaron Landes
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-28 08:11:14
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