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Bakelite Star of David button worn by a Bulgarian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2013.335.2

Star of David button, made of Bakelite, worn by Rashel Hasson Eshaya to identify her as a Jew from 1942 to 1944 in Burgas, Bulgaria. When Bulgaria joined the Axis alliance in March 1941, Rashel was living in Burgas with her husband Haim. In June 1941, Haim was taken to be a forced laborer and was interned in three labor camps in Bulgaria. Rashel remained at home managing their textile business. In late August 1942, Jews were required to wear small Star of David buttons. Rashel was at risk of being deported to a concentration camp as the German government pressured Bulgarian authorities to deport its Jews. The deportations were canceled in May 1943 due to resistance from Bulgarian politicians, intellectuals and clergy. Haim was liberated in September 1944.

use:  approximately 1942 August-1944 October
use: Burgas (Bulgaria)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Tal Eshaya Westman
Record last modified: 2023-06-13 16:15:31
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