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Commemorative red triangle Dachau badge 85173 owned by former inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2012.459.3

Red inverted triangle badge imprinted with KL Dachau and prisoner number 85173 acquired by Arthur List at an unknown date. Arthur, 22, (then Adolf Lustgarten) was liberated in April 1945 while an inmate at Dachau with the prisoner number 159831. The badge resembles the patches prisoners had to wear on their uniforms. In September 1939, Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. Around 1941-42, Adolf was picked up off the streets in Wadowice to do forced labor. He was eventually sent to Gross Rosen concentration camp and then to slave labor subcamps. Circa 1943 or later, he was transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp, and assigned to Hersbruck labor camp to build underground tunnels. In April 1945, as Allied forces approached, the camp was evacuated and Adolf was sent on a death march to Dachau and liberated. His mother and sisters were sent to Auschwitz in 1943 where it is presumed they were killed. Arthur emigrated to the United States in December 1946.

Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Arthur List
Record last modified: 2023-09-22 11:50:55
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