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Unused Star of David badge imprinted with Jood, Dutch for Jew

Object | Accession Number: 2012.464.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Square yellow cloth printed with a Star of David with badge cutting guidelines and the word Jood, an example of the type of badge distributed in German occupied Netherlands. The stars were issued on rolls of cloth and the user had to cut one out along the guidelines to make a badge to attach to their clothing. Following the German invasion of the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, a civil administration under the authority of the SS was installed. Anti-Jewish legislation was enacted within two months. On April 28, 1942, a decree was issued ordering that all Jews in the Netherlands over the age of six must wear a yellow Star of David badge. The decree was published in newspapers on the 29th and enforced on May 1, 1942. The German appointed Jewish Council was responsible for distributing the patches, which were to be worn on the outer clothing at all times. The badges were used to make it easy to identify Jews and to ostracize them from Dutch society. The Netherlands was liberated on May 5, 1945.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hal and Robyn Klein
    front, center, black dye: Jood [Jew]

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    Physical Description
    Square section of yellow cloth printed with a 6 pointed Star of David. The star outline is made from 2 overlapping, dyed triangles, with a dotted outline for a cutting guide. In the center is the Dutch word for Jew in a font resembling Hebrew. The edges are frayed.
    overall: Height: 4.625 inches (11.748 cm) | Width: 4.375 inches (11.113 cm)
    overall : cloth, dye

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    Administrative Notes

    The Star of David badge was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Hal and Robyn Klein.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-07-10 11:43:39
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