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Star of David badge printed Jude worn by a Jewish doctor

Object | Accession Number: 1993.153.2

Yellow Star of David patch, printed with Jude, German for Jew, worn by Dr. Hermann Scharf or his wife Elizabeth, who were from Irsava and interned in Berehove ghetto and multiple concentration camps from March 1944 until May 1945. Irsava, Czechoslovakia, was taken over by Hungary in fall 1938, then by Germany on March 19, 1944. Star of David badges were required on March 31. On April 16, Hermann and Elizabeth were sent to Berehove ghetto. In May, they were sent to Auschwitz and separated. On May 24-8, Hermann was sent to Buchenwald, then to Dora-Mittelbau, where he was a doctor in the Jewish infirmary. In April 1945, Hermann was sent on a death march to Ravensbrück, then to Woebbelin, where he was freed by American forces in early May 1945. He returned to Prague, where he was reunited with Elizabeth. Elizabeth had been sent from Auschwitz to Stutthof concentration camp, where she was liberated by the Soviets on May 9, 1945. Hermann and Elizabeth left for the US in 1948.

use:  approximately 1944 March 31-1945 May
use: Irshava (Ukraine)
use: Berehove (Ukraine)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Scharf, in memory of her husband, Dr. Louis Scharf, and Adalbert "Bela" Rosenbaum
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:10:32
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